Who Will Be In Jose Ramirez’s Corner Against Viktor Postol?
After months of wondering when he would fight again, Jose Ramirez will finally get his opportunity to shine. He will also be happy to know he won’t be alone.
This Saturday, August 29, Ramirez will defend his WBC and WBO Junior-Welterweight Titles against Viktor Postol. The third time this fight has been booked, Ramirez has been hoping everything goes according to plan. That includes good results from the upcoming COVID-19 tests. Someone familiar with those tests is Ramirez’s trainer Robert Garcia, who tested positive not long ago. Now, it appears he is healthy and ready to go.
“I feel great,” Garcia told The Ring. “I’ve actually been eating healthy and exercising and feel energetic. I will be in Jose’s corner this weekend, or at least I sure hope so.
“Physically, I feel really good. I’m not down to 135, but I have lost 23 pounds. At one time I weighed 196, and now I’m down to 173. My biggest priority is that my fighters are healthy, and everyone around them, including myself are safe and healthy.”
Garcia, who has trained the likes of Chris Algieri, Kelly Pavlik, Brandon Rios, and Mikey Garcia, recently tested positive for COVID-19. Although he tested negative a few times, the California Athletic Commission did not want to take any chances. As a result, he was unable to corner Vergil Ortiz Jr. a few weeks ago against Samuel Vargas. Ortiz was able to use his power to take down Vargas in Golden Boy’s return to action.
Following the result, Garcia made sure that all of his fighters were healthy. He hired someone to provide weekly COVIID-19 tests at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in California. Now, he is looking to fulfill his agreement with Ramirez and manager Rick Mirigian.
“I made the decision with Rick, because I’ve seen everything he’s done with Jose and I have four fighters managed by Rick already,” Garcia went on to say. “I’ve dealt with major firms. We’ve been great and friendly. I need someone to do business for me, and someone who is aggressive—and I know Rick is the best person for me.
“Jose is in great shape for this. We’ve gone through a lot of training camps because of the COVID-19 situation. We’ve had three training camps, but I remind Jose that Postol is going through the same things.”
Ramirez (25-0) is coming off of a TKO-win over Maurice Hooker back in July 2019. He won the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title to go along with his WBC belt. The 27-year-old won the vacant WBC belt back in 2018, beating Amir Iman.
Postol and Ramirez 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.
Now that everything appears to be set, Garcia will look to help guide Ramirez to a win and a potential clash with Josh Taylor.