By Chris williams: WBC light welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) will be defending against his WBC mandatory Viktor Postol (31-2, 12 KOs) on February 1, according to espn. This will be an in house fight for Top Rank.
Postol getting quick title shot after losing in 2018
Josh Taylor last year. Postol was beaten by Taylor in June of last year, and he then came back 10 months later to fight Mohamed Mimoune in a WBC 140lb title eliminator. You would think that the WBC would insist on another contender getting a shot in a WBC title eliminator rather than a guy that was recently beaten like Postol.
A lot of fans would have preferred to see #4 WBC Subriel Matias (14-0, 14 KOs) face Postol in a WBC eliminator to fight Ramirez. The WBC could have made it difficult for Postol if they rejected the idea of him fighting the light hitting Mimoune, and insisted he facing a guy with power like Matias.
Jack Catterall after that. Those are both very winnable fights for Ramirez.
Regis Prograis vs. Taylor winner will be coming for Ramirez soon
The fighters that will give Ramirez major problems are wba light welterweight champion Regis Prograis and ibf champion Josh Taylor. Luckily for Ramirez and his promoters at Top Rank, Prograis and Taylor are currently tied up right now with a scheduled unification between them on October 26 in the World boxing Super Series light welterweight final at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Postol has lost 2 out of his last 5 fights
Ramirez-Postol is not a great fight obviously, as Postol, 35, has lost 2 out of his last 5 fights. He was beaten by Josh Taylor last year by a wide 12 round unanimous decision in June 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. The scores were 117-110 118-110 and 119-109. Postol rebounded from those losses to defeat Siar Ozgul and Mohamed Mimoune (21-3, 2 KOs).
Ramirez was extremely fortunate when Prograis chose to take part in the World boxing Super Series tournament last year. Prograis captured the interim WBC light welterweight title in March of 2018 in stopping Julius Indongo
Ramirez will have a tough fight on his hands in 2020
Ramirez would then defend his WBO title. The main guy that Ramirez would have to worry about in the WBO’s top 15 rankings is Vergil Ortiz, who is rated #3. Most boxing fans would favor Ortiz over Ramirez. There’s really no escape for Ramirez. He’s going to have a hard fight against Ramirez or Ortiz sooner or later. Prograis and Ortiz are nightmarish opponents for Ramirez. You can add Matias’ name as well.