Frank Warren Says Jose Ramirez Faces An Ultimatum

Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions believes Jose Ramirez faces an ultimatum.

Ramirez is the WBC and WBO Light-Welterweight Champion. He is hoping for a title unification bout with WBA (Super) and IBF Champion Josh Taylor. The roadblock that lies ahead is in the WBO mandatory status. Jack Catterall is the mandatory contender and the WBO has given Ramirez a 120-day window to fight him.

Warren took to BoxingScene.com to make it clear that Ramirez is in a situation where he must defend or vacate.

“I have heard the claim from Bob Arum that the WBC and WBO champion Jose Ramirez intends to bypass his mandatory challenger Jack Catterall in favor of a fight with Josh Taylor. If that is the case he will have to relinquish his WBO title and Jack will fight for the vacant belt. This is not a case of being obstructive. Jack is a quality fighter and he has waited a long time for his shot at the title. Jack has already obliged a unification – between Ramirez and Maurice Hooker in July of last year – on the understanding that he would be next in line. It is only because of the coronavirus pandemic that Jack has not had his title fight yet, and I will not let his hard-earned shot disappear because of events out of his control.

There are three options now in play. Negotiate, go to purse bids or vacate the title. Our clear preference would be for Jack to fight Ramirez and then enter into a huge unification against Taylor.”

Like Ramirez, Catterall is undefeated in his pro boxing career. He has a record of 25-0 with 13 of those wins coming by way of knockout. While the big fight is Ramirez vs. Taylor, Catterall may get his chance to play spoiler and possibly get a title unification bout of his own.

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