When Does Bob Arum Think We Will See Jose Ramirez vs. Viktor Postol?
Third time is the charm, or so they say. Will that hold true when it comes to Jose Ramirez and Viktor Postol facing off?
Speaking with ESPN on a media call, Top Rank’s Bob Arum discussed plans to rebook a fight between Ramirez and Postol for the WBC and IBF Junior-Welterweight Titles. He stated that August would ideally be the time to produce the fight.
Both fighters were supposed to fight in China earlier in the year, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus heavily affecting the area. They were then booked for May in California, but it was once again postponed due to the pandemic growing in America. Arum wanted to hold events in the summer, and with Top Rank returning in June, talks have once again increased.
Postol (31-2) is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Mohamed Mimoune back in April 2019 to become the mandatory challenger. He is on a two-fight win streak following a 1-2 record from 2016 to the middle of 2018. The only issue for him is getting a visa, as he is currently in Ukraine.
“We have a reserved ticket for him on Monday,” Vadim Kornilov, Postol’s manager stated. “We’ve just been a little bit delayed because of the protests,” Kornilov said, referring to the protests that have been taking place across the U.S. in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. “We wanted to see that quiet down before we bring him here to the States. It looks like he’s good to enter with no issues.
“The plan is for Viktor to just start training at a private gym we can find locally and get back into shape, and then wait for the restrictions to be taken off.”
Ramirez (25-0) is coming off of a TKO-win over Maurice Hooker back in July 2019. He won the WBO Title to go along with his WBC belt. The 27-year-old won the WBC belt back in 2018, beating Amir Iman for the vacant title.
Currently, Top Rank is hosting events in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is after the Nevada Athletic Commission gave the green light to combat sports. Recently, the California Athletic Commission has confirmed the idea of combat sports returning to the area. Ramirez’s manager, Rick Mirigian, is hoping a return to California is a possibility for Ramirez. Like Arum, he is also looking at fans in the arena, while still abiding by health and safety guidelines.
“That is the goal — to have some sort of a California audience with the bare minimum,” Mirigian said. “A small ‘studio’ show, which could be Ramirez’s family, some key sponsors, etc. Keep it small.”