Arum Wants Ramirez & Prograis To Wait To Fight
While it was reported that WBC has mandated for its new super lightweight champion, Jose Ramirez must face Regis Prograis, Ramirez’ promoter has other ideas.
Bob Arum is hoping to place Ramirez and Prograis in separate fights first over the summer, to help hype an eventual face off between the two.
According to Boxing Scene, Arum and Prograis’ promoter Lou DiBella are already discussing a doubleheader in Fresno, California, where Ramirez is a draw due to his social activism in the area.
“I talked with Lou and we’re gonna see if we can put them on the same bill next, and then have them matched,” Arum said following Ramirez’s 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Amir Imam in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. “So then people will know Prograis.”
Prograis, who was ringside for Ramirez’ win on March 17th, is currently the interim WBC super lightweight champion, and has no real interest in waiting.
“I don’t think I wanna fight on a Ramirez card,” said Prograis, who watched Ramirez-Imam from ringside. “I’m already the mandatory for him. I wanna fight for the belt. By the WBC, I’m mandated to fight the champion next. I really felt like me & Indongo should’ve been a championship fight, or me and [Viktor] Postol. So I feel like I wanna fight for the belt next.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene