BoxingScene.com reports that a deal has been reached to match super bantamweight titlist Rico Ramos and interim titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux, but no date has been set.
The fight between Ramos (20-0, 11 KO) and Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KO) has been rumored since Ramos defeated Akifumi Shimoda for the belt on July 9. Ramos, 24, came from behind in that fight to stop Shimoda in the seventh round, and had more than his fair share of trouble. Rigondeaux, 30, has been waiting for a title shot since dominating Willie Casey on a trip to Ireland on March 19. Now, he'll get it.
It's a good fight for the division, with a pair of fighters who somewhat contrast. Ramos is talented and still on the rise, a guy who can make for exciting fights. Rigondeaux, on the other hand, isn't a fan favorite, but the Cuban amateur legend is an effective fighter in the ring and may be the most technically proficient fighter in the division.
Ramos is promoted by Goossen Tutor, while Rigondeaux fights under the combined banners of Top Rank and Arena Box. The fight may have trouble finding a TV suitor by the end of the year, as dates are limited and Rigondeaux didn't impress in his last American TV shot, defeating Ricardo Cordoba on the Pacquiao vs Margarito undercard last November.