One of the top light-heavyweights in the world, Dmitry Bivol made himself known to the world when he beat Canelo Alvarez back in May. The WBA light-heavyweight champion will look to keep up his momentum as he heads closer to either a Canelo rematch or the chance to become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion.
Bivol defends his (official) title for the tenth time when he faces Gilberto Ramirez on November 5. The bout takes place inside Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Bivol won the interim title in 2016. Defending that version of the title twice, he was promoted in 2017. This will be his tenth time defending the regular belt.
Ramirez is undefeated in 44 contests. A former WBO super-middleweight champion, “Zurdo” won the NABF light-heavyweight title in 2020. His last fight was a knockout win over Dominick Boesel in May 2022.
The undefeated Bivol and Ramirez are not ready to let go of their perfect record. However, Bivol is not necessarily thinking about that. Changing the way he fights by a small degree, Bivol’s keeping his mind and body focused on the task at hand.
“Of course, we changed the sparring partners… we changed locations… I don’t think about my losses. I only think about my victories,” Bivol said when speaking with The Sporting News. “Every fight is a different fight. I should be ready for every fight. It doesn’t matter how I did in my last fight.”
The Sporting News is here to give some insight on how to bet on this light-heavyweight title match.
Odds for Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez
Per Caesars, Bivol is the -360 favorite, while Ramirez is the +280 underdog.
In Canada, per Sports Interaction, Bivol is the -611 favorite, while Ramirez is the +294 underdog.
MORE: All you need to know about Dmitry Bivol vs Gilberto Ramirez
Betting trends for Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez
Per the FanDuel Sportsbook:
- Bivol via KO/TKO: +420
- Bivol via decision: -185
- Ramirez vs. KO/TKO: +600
- Ramirez via decision: +750
- Draw: +2600
Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez prediction
When he faced Canelo Alvarez back in May, Bivol had a +20.3 +/- rating. Bivol ranks second among active fighters with +18.1 punches landed. His opponents land the fewest total punches against him per round with 5.6. Bivol also ranks first out of active fighters regarding his opponent’s lack of connect percentage of 12.7%.
One thing to consider is the reach. Ramirez has a three-inch reach advantage. However, Bivol’s jab, even with a disadvantage, is as elite as it gets. He throws 36.4 per round and lands nine, a jab percentage of 24.7%. Per Compubox, against Canelo, Bivol landed 46 jabs out of his 152 shots. Against Umar Salamov, he landed a staggering 178 jabs out of 247 total shots. Ramirez is a power puncher, landing 260 shots against Yunieski Gonzalez in December 2021.
MORE: How to bet on combat sports
Will the transition from super-middleweight to light-heavyweight make a difference for Ramirez? Canelo went up from super-middleweight to fight Bivol, and Bivol outclassed the Mexican fighter. Ramirez has looked good since making the move, and his body shots are something to marvel at. He is going to want to fight at mid and close-range. However, Bivol is a wizard when it comes to controlling the distance.
Ramirez has 30 wins via knockout and is on a four-fight knockout streak. Power can win fights, but to be a complete boxer means knowing how to adapt through adversity. That is where Bivol, who has won seven fights in a row via decision, has the edge over Ramirez, at least on paper.
“Maybe it’s my opponents getting better, you know,” Bivol told SN regarding his last few outings. “This is one thing. Second, I’m not focused on the knockout. Sometimes it comes, sometimes it’s not. The last fight it did not come! I want to, of course, win this fight. I want to make this fight smart, I want to show how good I am. It’s not about only knockouts.”
This matchup is almost like a game of “anything you can do, I can do better.” Ramirez can land at any moment, but Bivol has a chance to study him and adjust quickly, like a Terminator. This bout could be Bivol’s true coming out party, and a win will enhance his ever-growing legacy.
Sporting News prediction: Bivol via unanimous decision
MORE: Canelo rematch does not motivate Bivol as inner beast faces up to Ramirez
When is Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez?
- Date: Saturday, November 5
- Start time: 1:30 p.m. ET | 6:30 p.m. BST | 3:30 a.m. AEST
- Main event: 5:15 p.m. ET | 10:15 p.m. BST | 7:15 a.m. AEST (approx.)
Bivol vs. Ramirez takes place on November 5. The main card starts around 1:30 p.m. ET | 6:30 p.m. BST | 3:30 a.m. AEST. Bivol and Ramirez should make their way to the ring around 5:15 p.m. ET | 10:15 p.m. BST | 7:15 a.m. AEST, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
How to watch Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez
The main card of Bivol vs. Ramirez will air exclusively on DAZN.
|Country||Date||Channel + Live Stream (main card)|
|United States||Sat. Nov 5||DAZN|
|Canada||Sat. Nov 5||DAZN|
|United Kingdom||Sat. Nov 5||DAZN|
|Australia||Sun. Nov 6||DAZN|
Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez price: How much does the card cost?
- DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99, $20 in Canada, £7.99 in the U.K., 13.99 AUD
- DAZN annual subscription: $99.99, $150 in Canada
To watch Bivol vs. Ramirez, you can either pay for a DAZN monthly subscription ($19.99) or an annual subscription ($99.99). In Canada, a DAZN monthly subscription is $20, while an annual subscription is $150.
In Australia, it costs 13.99 AUD a month. It costs £7.99 for a monthly subscription in the U.K.
Dmitry Bivol vs. Gilberto Ramirez fight card
- Dmitry Bivol (c) vs. Gilberto Ramirez for the WBA light-heavyweight title
- Chantelle Cameron (c) vs. Jessica McCaskilll for the IBF, WBC, WBA, and WBO super-lightweight titles.
- Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov vs. Zelfa Barrett for the IBF super-featherweight title
- Galal Yafai (c) vs. Gohan Rodriguez Garcia for the WBC International flyweight title.
- Kal Yafai vs. Jerald Paclar; bantamweights
- Campbell Hatton vs. Denis Bartos; lightweights
- Aqib Fiaz vs. Diego Valiterra; super-featherweights