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Jose Ramirez to return in “early 2020” after hand surgery

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Ramirez is due to face WBC mandatory challenger Viktor Postol in his next defense

Maurice Hooker v Jose Ramirez Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez’s next fight will presumably still be against mandatory WBC challenger Viktor Postol, but it won’t be on November 30th. Ramirez revealed on Twitter today that he underwent surgery on his left hand two weeks after knocking out Maurice Hooker in a WBC/WBO unification, and while he “could be back in the ring in Dec[ember),” the lack of available dates has him targeting an “early 2020” return.

WBO mandatory Jack Catterall might want to stay busy with a tune-up in the meantime.

December is admittedly rather crowded at the moment; besides Ruiz-Joshua II on the 7th, both ESPN+ and DAZN are putting together shows on the 14th, the former headlined by Terence Crawford vs. (presumably) Egidijus Kavaliauskas and the latter by Daniel Jacobs vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Jermell Charlo also recently insinuated that he would rematch Tony Harrison on the 21st.

In the meantime, rest up, champ. You’ll need both hands for the “Iceman.”