Ramirez moving to new date for tune-up fight

Super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez will not be fighting on Nov. 9 as planned. Chris Farina/Top Rank

LOS ANGELES -- Super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez was penciled in to headline a UniMas-televised card on Oct. 9, but there has been a change of plans, Sean Gibbons, Ramirez’s agent, told ESPN.com.

Ramirez instead likely will fight on Top Rank’s truTV-televised card in November. Gibbons said it could be at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Nov. 20, a date that would give Ramirez a lot of exposure because Las Vegas will be filled with boxing media and fight fans there for the Nov. 21 middleweight championship fight between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.

Whomever, and whenever, Ramirez does actually fight it is expected to be his final bout before challenging for a world title. Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs), 24, of Mexico, is the mandatory challenger for the belt held by Arthur Abraham and the fight is expected to take place in early 2016, be it against Abraham or whomever might bump off Abraham, who is expected to fight once more before making the mandatory defense.

“We’re looking for the best guy we can get in the next fight because it’s Ramirez’s last before we fight for the WBO world title and we want to make sure he is ready,” Gibbons said on Friday while attending the Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares weigh-in with Ramirez.