A competitive clash of styles produced a well fought contest and by way of Majority Decision, 🇺🇸Jose Carlos Ramirez (26-0-0, 17KO) was successful in defeating a game-former Titlist in 🇺🇦Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (31-3-0, 12KO) to make his first title defense as a unified titlist, retaining both his WBC and WBO Junior-Welterweight Title Belts.
Postol tipped his hand early by looking to box on his toes from the outside, which he is accustomed to doing, and delivering a heavy dose of jabs to try to keep the inside-inclined Ramirez off-balanced. Ramirez remained patient, and got into Postols kitchen, making him uncomfortable at the end of the first round, taking him out of his comfort zone. Postol’s Hall-of-Fame Head-Trainer 🗣️Freddie Roach was able to get Postol to regroup between rounds, and in the 2nd round, Postol did a better job of moving laterally off the jab, having a more successful round, forcing Ramirez to follow him.
In the 3rd round, Ramirez ramped up his rate of aggression, realizing that Postol was going to use lateral quickness to try and beat him. Ramirez did have trouble still finding the target while Postol had continued success boxing from the outside. At the end of the round, Ramirez did find him and strung together a couple of impressive combinations. Round 4, Ramirez finally stopped chasing Postol around and began to cut the ring off, making it more difficult for Postol to box in space. Ramirez also started to have more continued success exploiting Postol’s jab, which was starting to come back a little low after he would fire it, indicating some fatigue.
The cat and mouse game continued in the 5th round between Freddie Roach, and Ramirez’s Head-Trainer 🗣️Robert Garcia, as constant adjustments were made from round to round, featuring different ring tactics. Postol would regroup to have his best round at the time, as he had a clear technical boxing advantage from the outside, and 📌tacking on the points against the aggressive Ramirez. The exchanges evened up in the 6th round, as the fight was in the balance.
The 7th round featured the first moment of vulnerability as Ramirez clipped him with a beautiful 💥“45 left hook” that wobbled Postol and made him lean. While hurt, Postol did a good job in circling away from the power and surviving the charging Ramirez trying to take advantage of the moment, surviving the round. The power landed there changed the tide of the fight, and it was reflected in the 8th round, as Postol gave up a lot of real-estate to get as far as possible away from the power. Ramirez hurt Postol once again by one of the ring-posts, going to the head, then to the body with a combination.
If there is one criticism that I have about Ramirez in this fight, is that he did not throw nearly enough jabs in setting up his attacks, however in the 9th round, he started to commit to it more, and had successful moments in throwing off the Ukrainian fighters rhythm, compiling a decent amount of work in the round and continuing to ride the momentum that he had established. Postol in round 10 rebounded with his best round since the 5th stanza, getting back to boxing on the outside, and doing so beautifully as he caught his second wind, throwing first and often with a high degree of 🎯accuracy and using distance to his advantage.
As you would expect in a fight where the scores tightened up towards the Championship rounds, both fighters stepped up their rate of aggression, with both having their moments, and in the 11th, they fought towards a even’ish type of round. Not much separated Postol and Ramirez in the 12th and final round, with Postol getting sharper, and Ramirez successfully taking more chances to the body in the inside. As this fight went the 🛎️full distance, the feeling here was that there was not much separation, and that it would become very interesting come time when the scorecards would be read.
With scores of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112, Jose Carlos Ramirez was awarded the victory by Majority Decision, accurate scoring in our estimation here at Combat Project. Viktor Postol fought very well, up to his full capabilities despite being 36 years of age, while Ramirez looked slightly flat in some spots, but he showed out, and did what he needed to do to clear this tough hurdle to get to what’s next.
OFFICIAL SCORECARDS ✎
✎ Dave Moretti = 114 – 114 for a DRAW
✎ Tim Cheatham = 115 – 113 for JOSE RAMIREZ
✎ Steve Weisfeld = 116 – 112 for JOSE RAMIREZ
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS ✎
✎ Tré Berry = 115 – 112 for JOSE RAMIREZ
✎ Jon Uddin = 114 – 114 for a DRAW
THE GRAND PLAN FOR JOSE RAMIREZ
With this victory officially set into stone, Ramirez can now shift his attention toward lofty aspirations and goals which he has been vocal and open about towards media. Jose Ramirez wants to set out to be the unequivocal best at 140 lbs., and with that mindset ingrained into his DNA, he would like a chance to face the Junior-Welterweight Champion of the World, that being 🏴Josh “Tartan Tornado” Taylor (16-0-0, 12KO), who possesses the RING, IBF, and WBA World Titles (granted if Taylor is victorious in his next scheduled bout).
“I owe it to myself to fight for all the belts just because if I were to go up to the next weight class, people will still doubt who the best 140-pounder is, just because there is another guy with two belts.” – JOSE RAMIREZ
Ramirez also expressed his interest in moving up a division to Welterweight after he gets a shot at Undisputed, to face either P4P maestro/WBO Titlist 🇺🇸Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0-0, 27KO), active living legend/WBA Titlist 🇵🇭Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KO), or to face the ever-dangerous former Titlist 🇺🇸Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (24-1-0, 20KO), who is physically more than equipped to make the jump up in weight alongside Ramirez.
Now as for Josh Taylor, he just recently inked a deal, pairing himself with 🗣️Bob Arum & Top-Rank promotions. Since they now share the same promotional platform, it would make it that much easier to establish such a bout. Bob Arum also expressed desires to make the 📜Ramirez/Taylor fight in late 2020, though with time constraints, it seems likely we could be looking at early 2021 prospects surrounding that mega-showdown.
With Taylor officially calling Ramirez out after his razor-thin victory over Prograis in the 🎥World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Tournament final, desire from both boxers should wield no hurdles into getting contracts drawn up.