Jose Ramirez Must Fight Regis Prograis, Says WBC Prez

By Miguel Rivera

According to World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman,  his organization is very firm with their prior order - that Jose Ramirez must fight mandatory challenger Regis Prograis.

Last weekend in New York City, Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) capture the vacant WBC junior welterweight title with a twelve round decision over Amir Imam.

And one week prior, Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) capture the interim-WBC title with a two-round destruction of former world champion Julius Indongo.


Sulaiman reveals that very shortly his organization will issue a letter to advise both side of their 30 period of free negotiations. If no deal is reached, then the contest will go to a purse bid.

Prograis is promoted by Lou DiBella, while Ramirez is with Top Rank.

"That was the condition we put in for the two fights, which said the winners were going to have to face each other, and now we will see José Ramírez and Regis Prograis facing each other to leave only one champion," explained Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.

Sulaiman also stated that his organization will tend to the situation revolving around WBC super featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt, and the mandatory defense that he owes to challenger Miguel Román.

Promoter Fernando Beltrán, who handles Berchelt, wants his boxer to make a defense in the month June before attending to the mandatory fight.

Roman hoped to make the direct fight against Berchelt, but the WBC will decide at the end if they have to go directly to Roman or have permission to make an optional defense before forcing him to that contest.

"We have to check the date of the mandatory fight, we had understood that the fight was going straight ahead," said the head of the WBC.

Roman became the mandatory challenger last December, after he pulled off an upset with a TKO victory over mandatory Orlando Salido.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scipio2009 on 03-24-2018

[QUOTE=Sicario*;18599444]Ramirez is a draw there and he can sell out the save mart center which holds 12,000+ fans. Why put it in Vegas or New York when neither draw like that over there?[/QUOTE] Because you can. I'm not going to…

Comment by Wolfie* on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18599262]The California State Athletic Commission is arguably in the top 5 commissions in the world (in no real set order, Nevada, New York, California, and BBBoC are easily in the top 5), so that shouldn't be a worry, but I…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18597623]Do you think Arum will pull Ramirez out of the fight? I hope not, because that should be a war! [B]I don't think Prograis should agree to fight Ramirez in Fresno either![/B] Look what happened to Pacquiao in Australia![/QUOTE] The…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=Boxfan83;18597977]Im sure you do.[/QUOTE] The power difference is real.

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 03-23-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18597944]Prograis is a very underrated fighter and I expect him to ko Ramirez. Very good fight doe.[/QUOTE] Ramirez has a very good chin and stamina. Prograis is no joke when he goes to the body. That is the way he…

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