Jose Ramirez (25-0) has had tough luck in 2020. He has twice seen fights against mandatory challenger Viktor Postol go up in smoke due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He was scheduled to face Postol first in February and then again in May. The plan now is for the fight to tentatively happen in August.
Before the pandemic hit, Top Rank hoped to match Ramirez who holds the WBC and WBO super lightweight titles against Josh Taylor who they also promote and holds the IBF and WBA titles. The winner would then become the undisputed champion.
After the unification fight takes place the plan is for Ramirez to move up to the welterweight division where the obvious fight to make would be against unbeaten WBO champion Terence "Bud" Crawford is who also promoted by Top Rank.
Ramirez was recently asked by Fighthype.com about his plans when he moves up to 147 pounds and he said that people need to hold their judgement on how a Crawford-Ramirez fight would play out until they see him fight at the higher weight class.
"I don't have no one in mind. Crawford is signed with Top Rank so that is probably the easiest fight to make happen. If that is the opportunity that Top Rank gives me I will definitely go for a title eliminator for the WBO - I believe that is the title he has - and go and fight Crawford," said Ramirez.
"Again, right now I am a super lightweight but when I decide to make that move to the welterweight division people need to stop and really think that I am going to be putting on extra weight and I am going to be much stronger. I am going to focus on the nutrition part to make sure I put on that weight the proper way. You are definitely going to see a much bigger and stronger Jose Ramirez. Don't compare me and Crawford as the fighter I am right now. Just wait and compare me when I make that move to see how much stronger I get. From there then you can make more valid points. For now I am looking forward to making that move and facing a guy like Crawford."
Ramirez fought twice in 2019. He edged Jose "Chon" Zepeda in February before stopping Maurice Hooker in July to become a unified champion.
Crawford was also in action twice in 2019. He stopped Amir Khan in 6 rounds and Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 9 rounds. Both fighters have so far been sidelined all of 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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