WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez is moving up in weight in the co-feature bout of Vasiliy Lomachenko's next fight.
Top Rank announced that Ramirez will make his light heavyweight bout on April 12 in the co-main event of an ESPN+ card taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ramirez's opponent will be announced at a later date.
The last week or so has been a very confusing one for Ramirez, who was initially listed as the No. 1 contender to the WBO light heavyweight title and no longer the WBO super middleweight champion when the organization's rankings were initially updated. A fight between Billy Joe Saunders and Shefat Isufi for the seemingly vacant title was even announced for April 13 at Wembley Arena.
But then a recent report came in that said Ramirez did not vacate his 168-pound title and that he had gotten the green light from the WBO to have his next weight at 175 pounds and keep his title at the same time. As such, the WBO updated its current rankings so that Ramirez was only listed as the super middleweight champion and Anthony Yarde would get back his No. 1 ranking atop the light heavyweight division.
The event is headlined by Lomachenko's WBA and WBO lightweight title defense against mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla, but no other bouts have been officially announced. The main card is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. ET.