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Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/3/18

Ahmed vs. Ramirez

Boxing: Saturday February 3, 2018 (Bank of America Center)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Gilberto Ramirez and Habib Ahmed fight Saturday at the Bank of America Center for the WBO World Super Middleweight Title.

Gilberto Ramirez enters this fight with a 36-0 record that includes 24 knockouts. This will be Ramirez’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Jesse Hart. Ramirez had a successful 2017 with two unanimous decision victories, and he will be defending his belt for the third time. Ramirez is a 26-year-old who stands at 6’2”, has a reach of 75 inches and a southpaw stance. Ramirez has a strong left hand and is a terrific body puncher who can be relentless at times despite not producing a knockout since his 2014 victory over Fulgencio Zuniga. Ramirez is extremely comfortable on the inside and boxes with terrific control. Ramirez has thrown his name in the ring as possibly the best super middleweight on the planet, and he may have his best boxing ahead of him given hi young age. This will be Ramirez’s fourth fight in the United States.

Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/3/18

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Habib Ahmed enters this fight with a 25-0-1 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Ahmed’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Flash Issaka. This will easily be the biggest test for Ahmed, who has spent majority of his career beating up on guys with losing records and guys with little rank. Ahmed has 123 rounds under his belt and his one notable victory came against Philip Kotey early last year. Ahmed also spent his first few fights fighting a prison canteen, so you can take what you want with that information. Other than that, there’s little known about Ahmed, which includes no film available, so it’s really tough to break him down. Heck, even Ramirez admitted he knows little about his upcoming opponent, so this makes for a really odd bout. This will be the first time Ahmed has boxed outside of his home of Ghana.

It’s tough to give a proper prediction without knowing much about Ahmed. He hasn’t fought anybody respectable throughout his career and has no film available to study his style. The one thing we do know is that Ahmed would probably have had bigger bouts by now if he was some kind of rising star. This is simply a stay busy fight to keep Ramirez ready for a bigger bout later in the year. And somebody who hasn’t fought this type of competition or outside the comfort of their backyard is going to have a hard time matching up. Without knowing anything about Ahmed, you don’t go from boxing no names to one of the more talented fighters in the world and expect success. There’s levels to this.

Ramirez remains undefeated.

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