By Miguel Rivera
The World Boxing Organization has ordered that the winner of the upcoming fight between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and British contender Martin Murray must make a mandatory defense against top rated challenger Gilberto Ramirez of Mexico.
Abraham (43-4, 29KOs) will defend the title against Murray on November 21 at the Tui Arena in Hannover, Niedersachsen.
Ramirez (32-0, 24KOs) is staying busy with a fight scheduled for November 20, when he takes on Gevorg Khatchikian at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
There has been talk of Abraham winning and then defending against Bernard Hopkins and also talk of Murray winning and then unifying with IBF beltholder James DeGale (if he beats Lucian Bute next month). In either case, a deal would have to be made with Ramirez to step aside.