Boxing schedule: July 9-10

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Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (41-0, 27 KO), who boasts one of the most impressive records in the sport, graces this weekend's boxing schedule. On Friday night, he puts his 41-fight win streak on the line against the savvy, still-hungry Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KO) in a battle of top 10 light heavyweights.
 
Zurdo has been talking a lot of smack lately, insisting he can whoop division champions Dmitry Bivol and Artur Beterbiev as well as lineal super middleweight king Canelo Alvarez.
 
Is he looking past the 40-year-old Barrera? If so, Zurdo could see the first blemish on his professional record.
 
Barrera is a solid fighter who was successful in Cuba's amateur program. That, alone, speaks volumes. He also boasts professional wins over Joe Smith, Jr, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, and Sean Monaghan, and went the distance with Andre Ward in 2016.
 
Given Barrera's worthy pedigree, perhaps tonight's fight will answer some questions about Ramirez, the 30-year-old Mexican southpaw who recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions.

 

How good is Zurdo?
 
Also on the boxing schedule is Raphael Akpejiori, one of the most colorful fighters today. The 30-year-old, 6'8" Nigerian heavyweight is 11-0 with 11 knockouts has played college basketball and the University of Miami, and was recruited to try out for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.
 
He's a great athlete but can Akpejiori, who is being mentored by the legendary Glen Johnson, make waves in the heavyweight division? On Saturday night, he'll face seasoned veteran Jason Bergman (27-20-2, 18 KO). 
 
Also, Carlos Negron (23-3, 18 KO), 33, who earned a spot on Puerto Rico's 2008 Olympic Boxing Team and is rated BoxRec's top Puerto Rican heavyweight, will be featured on the Akpejiori vs Bergman.

 
Boxing schedule, July 9-10, 2021
(For details on more, lower-profile fights, access the BoxRec and ESPN boxing schedules)


July 9

TV: DAZN 

Venue: Banc Of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Time: 6PM PT/ 9PM ET /2 AM BST

Main event ring walks are anticipated at or just after 8:15 pm PT local time (11:15 pm ET; 4:15 am BST). However, as always with boxing, the exact start of the main event will depend on how long the undercard runs.


Gilberto Ramirez vs. Sullivan Barrera | Fight Details
12 rounds, light heavyweights

Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Javier Fortuna
12 rounds, for the WBC interim lightweight title

Tenkai Tsunami vs. Seniesa Estrada
10 rounds, for Tsunami's WBO women's junior flyweight title


July 10

TV:
Non-Televised (but we'll post highlights soon after the fight)
Venue:
Miami Airport Convention Center, Miami, Florida, USA
Time: N/A

Raphael Akpejiori vs Jason Bergman | Fight Details
8 rounds, heavyweights

 
Carlos Negron vs Antwaun Tubbs
8 rounds, heavyweights

Dominique Valera vs Cedric Washington
4 rounds, heavyweights

Access our full schedule of boxing events detailing high and mid-level fight cards from now till October.

Here's a sneak peek at part of next week's boxing schedule...

July 16

TV: Non-televised
Venue: Atlanta, GA
Time: 

Hasim Rahman Jr vs TBD
6 rounds, heavyweights

July 17

TV: SHOWTIME 
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Time:  9pm ET/ 6pm PT

Jermell Charlo v Brian Castano | Fight Details
12 rounds, for Charlo's IBF, WBC and WBA junior middleweight titles and Castano's WBO junior middleweight title

The undisputed jr middleweight title will be at stake. We don't see undisputed champions often these days.


Rolando Romero vs. Austin Dulay

12 rounds, for Romero's WBA interim lightweight title

--- Non-televised ----

Bakhram Murtazaliev 18-0 vs Khiary Gray 16-5
8 Rounds, Super Welterweights

Amilcar Vidal 12-0 vs Immanuwel Aleem 18-2-2
Middleweights

Kevin Salgado Zambrano 13-0 vs TBD
Middleweights

Anthony Yigit 24-1-1 vs TBD
Lightweights


July 17

TV:
N/A
Venue: Germany
Time: N/A

Tina Rupprecht vs. Katia Gutierrez
10 rounds, for Rupprecht' WBC women's strawweight title

 

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