The coronavirus officially moves to 2-0 over Jose Ramirez’s WBC-mandated title defense against Viktor Postol. After forcing a rescheduling from February 1st in Haikou, China to May 9th in Fresno, California, the global pandemic has led to yet another postponement.
“I feel terribly for Jose and Viktor, who have entered two training camps, only to see the fight postponed both times,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “They are consummate professionals, and they will give the great Fresno fans a memorable fight whenever it occurs. We owe it to Jose and Viktor to make this fight happen as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Postol (31-2, 12 KO) has been Ramirez’s (25-0, 17 KO) mandatory challenger since dominating Mohamed Mimoune in April of last year. The latter’s July unification battle with Maurice Hooker came with the caveat that he then face Postol and IBF mandatory Jack Catterall, who has made it clear that he won’t step aside for an undisputed clash with Josh Taylor.
I’m now picturing a merry chase sequence pitting Ramirez and Postol against the coronavirus as it thwarts their attempts to fight in increasingly improbably locations, culminating in a zero-G battle aboard the International Space Station.