Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez says he is in negotiations for a fight against WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol.
The 30-year-old Mexican is now the number one contender with the World Boxing Association after previous top spot holder Dominic Boesel.
Should the fight happen Ramirez would be chasing two-weight glory having previously been the WBO super middleweight champion.
“The negotiations are already in place. It’s just a matter of him wanting to and signing the contract. That’s the fight everyone wants to see, the fight we all want. I believe that in a week everything will look good,” he told izquierdazo.com.
Ramirez called Bivol out days after his last win declaring himself to be an avoided fighter and hoped the champion would ‘man up’ and fight him.
Bivol is hot property right now after his career best win over Canelo Alvarez. The 31-year-old welcomed a rematch against the superstar, but that ship has sailed for the time being. On September 17 Alvarez will move back to super middleweight and defend his four world titles against Gennadiy Golovkin in their trilogy fight.
Canelo’s promoter Eddie Hearn had hoped to get his own light heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi, the WBA number two contender, a shot at Bivol later this year.