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Jose Ramirez vs Viktor Postol now being targeted for August

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The fight has already been postponed twice.

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Unified junior welterweight titleholder Jose Ramirez is still lined-up to take on Viktor Postol after the fight has twice been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum now says we can expect the fight to take place this summer, specifically in early-to-mid August. The actual date will depend on Postol getting back into the United States while he’s training in his home country of Ukraine.

Postol’s manager, Vadim Kornilov, says he’s already secured a ticket for Postol’s return, but are waiting for some of the civil unrest in the U.S. to simmer down a bit.

“We have a reserved ticket for him on Monday. We’ve just been a little bit delayed because of the protests,” Kornilov said, referring to the protests that have been taking place across the U.S. in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. “We wanted to see that quiet down before we bring him here to the States. It looks like he’s good to enter with no issues.”

Meanwhile Ramirez’s manager, Rick Mirigian, is laying some ground work to get the fight staged in California’s Central Valley with a minimal number of fans in attendance. We’ll have to see how that all comes together in the coming weeks but either way both Ramirez and Postol will be coming into this bout without having fought in over a year.