WBO super middleweight titlist Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) has just been pulled from the upcoming Crawford-Postol PPV after sustaining an injury to his right hand, his advisor tells RingTV.com. Ramirez, who just won his strap by beating Arthur Abraham in April, was scheduled to defend his world title against Dominik Britsch on July 23rd, but those plans are now on hold indefinitely.
Ramirez's advisor Sean Gibbons says that Ramirez injured his right hand during a Tuesday night sparring session where Ramirez landed a punch and immediately felt pain shooting throughout the hand. Gibbons says Ramirez wound up tearing ligaments in his knuckle and will undergo surgery tomorrow by Dr. Steven Shin - the same doctor who removed Felix Verdejo's bone spurs last year.
Ramirez may return to the ring later this fall, but at this time Top Rank hasn't made any announcements about whether a non-televised fight will take the place of Ramirez-Britsch on the Crawford-Postol card.