On Sunday morning, the relatively unknown Ghanaian boxer Habib Ahmed (25-0-1, 17 KO) lived up to the bookies odds stacked against him after being dominated in a one-sided bout with Mexican Gilberto Ramirez (36-0, 24 KO).
In the main event of the night, ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez defended his WBO super middleweight world title against the Ghanaian, who was fighting outside of his home country for teh first time, and had never fought at this level, too. Ramirez was making the third defense of the title he won from Arthur Abraham in 2016.
This is a round-by-round breakdown of the fight held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Click here to see the bout report summary).
Round 1: Ahmed comes out keeping a far distance from Ramirez. Ramirez catches Ahmed with a left hand. Ramirez looks so much bigger than Ahmed in there! Check right hook lands for Ramirez but he didn’t put much on it — probably wishes he did. Ramirez pressing Ahmed, trying to impose his size on Ahmed a little. A couple of left hands lands for Ramirez. Ahmed really focused on his defense but isn’t able to land many clean shots. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 2: Both fighters miss a number of shots to open the round. Straight left to the body lands for Ramirez. Ramirez has Ahmed moving backwards but he stands his ground a little now and lands a couple right hands. Hard straight left lands for Ramirez. Ahmed attacks back right away with a few punches. Ramirez closes in on Ahmed and strafes him along the ropes with a number of punches. Ahmed tries a double right hand but it doesn’t land with much pop. Ramirez 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Ramirez stalking Ahmed and lands a couple body shots to both sides. Ahmed attacks back but mostly catches Ramirez’s guard. Now Ramirez presses forward again and Ramirez is bleeding from his left eye. Referee calls a timeout and rules the cut came from an accidental head clash. Ramirez looks like he wants to make an impression now and attacks Ahmed along the ropes. Hard right uppercut to the body lands for Ramirez and he’s starting to hurt Ahmed! Ramirez 10-9.
Round 4: Ramirez comes out pressing Ahmed again and touches him with a stiff jab. Ahmed laying back and looking for counter opportunities but is having a little trouble finding what he’s looking for. Ramirez attacks again and land s a few punches as he has Ahmed along the ropes. A few more hard shots land for Ramirez. Ahmed needs to stay off the ropes but is finding himself on them more and more as the fight progresses. Ramirez throwing combinations and Ahmed sneaks in a couple singular shots. If Ramirez could cut off the ring a little better he might have Ahmed in serious trouble right now. He still wins the round. Ramirez 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Ahmed needs to change something up in this fight quickly. Ramirez pounds Ahmed on the ropes and it’s taking a toll. Ahmed not even trying to keep off the ropes much at this point. Hard shots to the head and body rock Ahmed! Ahmed shows a good chin to take those shots. Ahmed purely on the defensive, trying to survive. Ramirez is really putting a beating on Ahmed now. Hard left hook lands for Ramirez with Ahmed on the turnbuckle. Ahmed is getting walloped. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 6: Ramirez chasing Ahmed around the ring but Ahmed is able to evade some bid shots. Now Ramirez lands some good shots to the body and Ahmed is a stationary target. I think his legs are basically gone. This fight should be nearing an end. The referee should step in and stop this! Ahmed is basically running away from Ramirez as he takes a frightful beating. This is disgusting. Stop it now, it’s not even competitive. Now Ahmed’s corner throws in the towel. Finally! Ramirez TKO-6.