Who Is Jose Ramirez Interested In Fighting In The Future?
The past few months have been a wild journey for Jose Ramirez. With fights getting canceled as a result of the coronavirus, he is ready to finally get his hands dirty. Once he does that, he is hoping for future opportunities at gold.
Ramirez (25-0), the WBC and IBF Junior-Welterweight Champion, was supposed to fight Viktor Postol 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. Top Rank is hoping to get a date done as it took all of June for the promotion come back.
While he waits, Ramirez told Fight Hype that he is thinking about another fighter after Postol. He has his eyes set on IBF, WBA and The Ring Junior-Welterweight Champion Josh Taylor.
“After Postol I definitely want the (Josh) Taylor fight,” Ramirez stated, via Bad Left Hook. “I wanna go for all the belts, I think it’s time to see a super lightweight undisputed world champion. And I think it’ll be a great fight for the fans. So it’s a fight that’s interesting and I’m sure a lot of people are going to be excited to watch. After that I just make my way to the next division, the welterweight division. I wanna challenge myself and I feel like my body’s growing, getting stronger, and I think I’ll be a good welterweight as well when I let my body develop and get those extra pounds of muscle.
“I’d be willing to go straight to a title eliminator, especially if I come out as the undisputed super lightweight champion.”
Making his pro debut in 2012, Ramirez won the WBC title against Amir Iman in 2018. He then won the WBO title against Maurice Hooker in July 2019, his last fight. Ramirez’s manager, Rick Mirigian, is hoping a return to California is a possibility for Ramirez, even though Las Vegas has been the residence for Top Rank at the moment.
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.
Taylor (16-0) won the World Boxing Super Series Light Junior-Welterweight finals in October against Regis Prograis to win the WBA title. He has 12 wins via knockout and Ramirez has 17. The latter is hoping to use that and his overall body of work towards his advantage.
“I always get ready for 12 rounds. I take this job very serious, I’m always very good in shape and I spar 15 rounds when I get ready for 12 round fights and I feel like I can show Taylor something new, something he hasn’t seen before,” Ramirez went on to say. “People think they understand my style until they face me. I’m sure you could tell all my opponents, I’m a different fighter.
“I use a lot of angles, I break at the waist really good, and I’m always moving, I never stay in one spot. And I work the body pretty good too so people always think I’ma go straight to the body and I take advantage of that because now I’ll use my feints and land my hooks to the top so, you know, I just feel like I’ma overwhelm Taylor and I’ma surprise the fans and the people.”
As of now, Top Rank has not provided a set date for a Jose Ramirez return to action.