the Frenchman Arsen Goulamirian gives up his world champion belt, beaten by the Mexican Gilberto Ramirez

There is no longer a reigning world champion French boxer. The only one still standing so far, Arsen Goulamirian, lost his WBA light heavyweight belt on points on Saturday March 30 against Mexican Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez in California.

Goulamirian (36 years old), who had not fought since the end of 2022, was never able to impose his rhythm against his 32-year-old opponent, unanimously chosen as the winner by the judges after the twelve rounds of combat. The three judges gave a score of 118-110 largely in favor of Ramirez.

Entering the ring under the colors of France and Armenia, his country of origin, Goulamirian dreamed of soon unifying world belts, but he will have to lower his ambitions for his next fight. The one who defended his belt acquired in 2018 four times has, despite powerful blows, never seemed able to make the Mexican falter, who, on the other hand, hit him clearly and regularly.

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Another fight planned for Goulamirian

Arsen Goulamirian, who trains in Big Bear, in the Californian mountains, fought for the first time in the United States, in the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles.

After seeing his career hampered by promoter problems in recent years, Goulamirian had signed for this fight with Golden Boy, the promotional company of the former star of the noble art Oscar de la Hoya, present Saturday to support Ramirez, the one of his protégés. The Frenchman still has to compete in another fight organized by Golden Boy.

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The World with AFP

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