Hart Looking for Revenge Against WBO Super-middleweight Champ Ramirez

Jesse Hart Looking for Revenge Against WBO Super-middleweight Champ Gilberto Ramirez

Boxer Jesse Hart is looking to avenge his only loss and win his first major title against WBO super-middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez on Friday.

Updated: Dec. 11, 2018 • 5:35 PM ET

Corpus Christi, Texas will host Friday's WBO super-middleweight title fight.

The WBO super-middleweight title will be on the line this Friday in Corpus Christi, Texas, as champion Gilberto Ramirez will defend his belt against Jesse Hart in a rematch from September 2017. Ramirez defeated Hart by unanimous decision in the first fight, handing the latter his first loss.

Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs), who most recently defeated Roamer Alexis Angulo by unanimous decision in June, will defend the belt for the fifth time since winning it against Arthur Abraham in 2016. He hopes a victory against Hart on Friday will land him a giant unification fight with pound-for-pound great Canelo Alvarez.

“Canelo is a great fighter and I hope he wins (against Rocky Fielding on December 15),” Ramirez told BoxingScene.com. “I also have a fight coming up and I am preparing myself to get the win. After both of our commitments are taken care of I would love to fight the highest rated fighter of the present in a mega fight.”

The 27-year-old Mexican fighter also has victories over Habib Ahmed, Max Bursak and Gevorg Khatchikian. Hart, however, is the mandatory challenger and has clamored for a rematch since losing to Ramirez.

“Hart can say whatever he wants,” Ramirez said. “He has always talked but what happens inside the ring is what matters. I beat him once and I am going to beat him again.”

Hart rebounded well after the loss to Ramirez with three straight wins, all by TKO. He most recently defeated Mike Gavronski by third-round TKO in August, and the 29-year-old Philadelphian is the son of former middleweight contender Eugene Hart, who still trains him today.

Ramirez dropped Hart with an uppercut in the second round and badly hurt Hart in the fourth round of their first fight, but Hart showed tremendous heart (no pun intended) in the final six rounds. Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) has victories over notable fighters that include Demond Nicholson, Thomas Awimbono and Alan Campa. A win on Friday would give him his first major title.

Also fighting on Friday’s main card will be undefeated junior welterweight and California native Arnold Barboza Jr., who will take on Manuel Damairias Lopez.

Attempting to stay undefeated and inch closer toward a title shot, the 27-year-old Barboza (19-0, 7 KOs) is coming off a fifth-round TKO victory over Luis Solis in August.

Meanwhile, Lopez (14-2-1, 7 KOs) has won three straight fights since suffering a draw against Johnny Rodriguez in 2016. He most recently defeated Eric Hall by third-round TKO in August, but Barboza will represent the toughest test of the 28-year-old’s career. Lopez, a Denver native, hasn’t lost a fight since 2015.

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