Gilberto Ramirez pulls out of title defence due to hand injury

06/07/2016 17:29

WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 26 KOs) has pulled out of his July 23 title defence against Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol undercard due to a hand injury.

Mexican Ramirez, who won the WBO belt with a one-sided points win over Arthur Abraham in April, injured his right hand during sparring on Tuesday night.

"Gilberto Ramirez sustained an injury to the third knuckle of his right hand after a punch to the head of his sparring partner," said Dr. Steven Shin.

"I examined Gilberto and ordered an MRI which revealed a complete tear of the ulnar sagittal band at the third metacarpophalangeal joint (knuckle) of his right hand, a region of the hand that is commonly injured in boxers.

"Gilberto will undergo surgery this Friday for repair of this injury. We anticipate that the soonest he will be able to fight competitively will be in approximately five months."