Saturday night we saw a fight that turned out to be a lot closer than many had intended. Jose Ramirez (26-0, 17 KO’s) retained his WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight Titles by a majority decision, helping secure his role in a future massive unification bout with Scotland’s Josh Taylor.
The fight turned more into a boxing match as opposed to a slugfest over 12 close rounds. Viktor Postol (31-3, 12 KO’s) used his height and reach to maintain a distance and force Ramirez to put the pressure on him. While the fight was close, Ramirez ended up dictating the pace of the fight and landed the more meaningful punches. Ultimately Ramirez won by a majority decision, with the judges turning in scorecards of 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112.
Before the fight many were interested to see what kind of performance Ramirez would turn in against Postol since Postol had previously lost a fight by a lopsided unanimous decision to Josh Taylor. Josh Taylor seems to be the better boxer at this point and has proved in the past that he can deal with a boxer who brings power and pressure after defeating Regis Prograis to unify the IBF and WBA Junior Welterweight Titles.
Josh Taylor (16-0, 12 KO’s) is set to defend his WBA and IBF titles against Apinun Khongsong (16-0, 13 KO’s) on September 26th in London, England. If Taylor is able to come out victorious, which many predict him to do, it will secure his role in setting up a huge unification fight for all the major championship belts in the junior welterweight weight class.
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