- Jose Ramirez MD-12 Viktor Postol (114-114, 115-113, 116-112)
- Arnold Barboza Jr UD-10 Tony Luis (99-90, 99-90, 99-90)
- Elvis Rodriguez KO-3 Cody Wilson (1:03)
- Raymond Muratalla TKO-7 Cesar Valenzuela (2:24)
- Gabriel Muratalla UD-4 Justice Bland (38-36, 38-36, 38-36)
- Javier Martinez UD-6 Rance Ward (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)
Round By Round
Jose Ramirez vs Viktor Postol
Round 1: Postol comes out trying to keep a good distance from Ramirez. Ramirez leaps in with a couple punches that don’t land well. Both fighters trade and Ramirez gets in a shot upstairs. Body shot lands for Ramirez as he backs Postol to the ropes. Jab to the body falls a little short for Postol. Postol lands a jab to the body better this time. Two hooks from Ramirez make partial contact upstairs, then a sharp jab. Postol lands a jab back. Right hand lead lands for Ramirez. Double left hook comes from Ramirez who is closing the distance quickly on Postol. Jab lands downstairs for Postol but eats a hook from Ramirez in return. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 2: Postol tries a jab upstairs but can’t land it well. Now Postol tries a few more but can’t really land them clean. Ramirez tries a right hand over the top but Postol ducks it. Postol jabs to the body but this one is pretty soft. Jab from Postol lands upstairs this time. Postol flicks two jabs that don’t find the range. Right hand to the body makes a little contact for Ramirez. Left hook lands to the body for Ramirez while leaning on Postol’s neck, gets a quick warning from the referee about that. Big right hook from Ramirez gets ducked by Postol. Left to the body lands well for Ramirez this time. Postol throws a few more jabs and then one to the body. Jab lands upstairs for Postol this time. Postol 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Ramirez tries to close the distance on Postol straightaway but Postol pulls back out of range of the punches. Both fighters miss punches at center ring. Postol tries to work his jab but is having less success with it so far in this round. Ramirez blocks a few shots from Postol and then makes a charge but Postol skips away. Postol jabs twice as Ramirez covers up. Left hook lands upstairs for Ramirez. Right hand to the body and another left hook makes some contact. Right hook lands upstairs for Ramirez this time. Uppercut gets in for Ramirez at close range. I think Ramirez takes the round with a few good power shots. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 4: Jab to the body lands for Postol. Ramirez ducks a shot from Postol and then pressures him towards the ropes. Jab from Ramirez makes some contact. Ramirez throws a couple of punches and makes a little contact. Now a left to the body lands for Ramirez. Postol comes back with a jab upstairs. Jab lands upstairs for Ramirez. Postol throws a jab to the body that doesn’t land too well. Both fighters throw jabs and land. Right hand over the top grazes Postol. Left hook from Ramirez makes grazing contact to the head. Postol throws off a few punches and then circles out. Postol 10-9, 38-38.
Round 5: Ramirez comes out pressuring but Postol tries to meet him with long punches. Jab to the body makes a little contact for Postol. Postol jabs to the body again. Left hook lands downstairs for Ramirez. One-two from Postol falls short. Now Postol throws two body shots, then two head shots, Ramirez gets one back. Jab to the body touches Ramirez’s body. Three punches come from Postol but don’t land clean. Ramirez misses on a few power shots to the head. Now Ramirez lands a jab. Postol throws three jabs and then tries to loop a right hand that doesn’t land well. Postol 10-9.
Round 6: Jab downstairs lands for Postol, Ramirez comes back with a jab upstairs. Ramirez tries to chase Postol down but can’t catch up to him with his punches. Jab lands for Postol to the head. Left hook lands to the body for Ramirez. Right hand over the top lands for Ramirez. Left to the body makes partial contact for Ramirez. Right hand lead from Ramirez makes a little contact. Ramirez comes forward and throws a left hook to the head. Two more hooks come from Ramirez. Ramirez 10-9, 57-57.
Round 7: Ramirez misses on a jab. Postol jabs to the body. Left hook from Ramirez makes a little contact as Postol tries to get under it. Right hook from Ramirez misses. Left to the body lands for Ramirez. Postol flicks a jab that gets blocked. Ramirez pressuring a bit more and lands a hard left hook to the chin that staggers Postol! Postol seems to regain his legs but he’s taking some time to make sure he’s sturdy. Left hand from Ramriez lands clean upstairs. Another left from Ramirez makes grazing contact to the head. Clean right hand lands for Postol. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 8: Ramirez comes out applying even more pressure and looks to the body and lands one, then another. Left hook to the body lands for Ramirez. Ramirez gets in a left hook upstairs now as Ramirez starts getting his offense together. Clean jab lands for Ramirez, then a straight right that snaps Postol’s head back. Big left hook from Ramirez doesn’t land. Postol flicks a few jabs that can’t find the range. Ramirez presses Postol towards the ropes and lands a left hand upstairs. Left to the body misses for Ramirez, but then he lands another left hook to the chin. Ramirez 10-9, 77-75.
Round 9: Jab from Postol gets slipped by Ramirez. Postol tries to jab to the body a couple of times before taking a jab from Ramirez. Clean jab lands for Ramirez. Postol tries to go to the body with a right hand this time. Postol lands a jab upstairs. Both fighters exchange jabs. Postol jabs a few more times and he’s keeping Ramirez occupied for the moment. Postol rips off a couple quick punches and continues to use lateral movement to keep Ramirez from sitting down on a big hook. Left hand lands upstairs for Ramirez. Postol 10-9.
Round 10: Jab lands to the body for Postol. Left to the body lands well for Ramirez. Ramirez tries to track Postol down and then throws a right hand to the body. Postol pops a few left hands as he’s getting off first. Right hand lands well for Postol. Postol throws a couple more left hands and use his movement to keep Ramirez from getting set. Left hook makes contact for Ramirez this time. Left hand from Ramirez lands decently. Right hand from Postol makes a little contact. Postol 10-9, 95-95.
Round 11: Jab from Ramirez falls short. Left hand lands for Ramirez this time, followed by an uppercut. Left hand gets in for Ramirez, then a hook upstairs. Left tot he body lands for Ramirez again. Both fighters trade jabs but Ramirez’s lands a little harder. Right hand over the top makes some contact for Ramirez. Right hand from Postol lands clean through Ramirez’s guard. Now the referee aclls timeout to cut loose tape off Postol’s glove. Right hand from Ramirez lands at close range. Ramirez 10-9.
Round 12: Ramirez stalking and Postol lands a short uppercut as Ramirez comes in. Left from Ramirez falls short. Postol jabs to the body. Right hand from Ramirez just misses, but a left hand lands just after. Big left hook from Ramriez misses upstairs. Postol jabs a couple times. ab lands upstairs for Ramirez, then a hook to the body. A couple more body shots land for Ramirez. Right hand to the body makes partial contact for Ramirez. Jab lands for Ramirez upstairs. Right hand from Postol lands. Ramirez 10-9, 115-113.
Arnold Barboza Jr vs Tony Luis
Round 1: Barboza comes out to center ring quickly and throws a few jabs before missing on a hook upstairs. Now Barboza lands a left hook to the body. Luis comes forward behind a guard but had it split by a Barboza jab. Left hook from Barboza misses from the southpaw stance. Now Barboza goes back orthodox and begins to work his jab again. Right hand from Barboza makes partial contact upstairs. Now Luis lunges in and connects on one shot. Luis tries it again but Barboza steps back and throws a short combination. Left hook to the body lands for Barboza as he switches southpaw again. Barboza gets back to a right handed stance and lands a left hook to the body again. Barboza 10-9.
Round 2: Luis measures with a jab but can’t find the range he wants. Barboza throws a check hook as Luis comes in and then pivots back to center ring. Barboza lands a crafty right uppercut that he disguised well. Right hand lands to the body for Barboza. Left and right hand lands well for Barboza. Lead left hook lands to the body for Barboza. Luis continues to stalk and lands a right hand downstairs. Straight left hand lands for Barboza after he switches southpaw momentarily. Luis tries to get close to Barboza but takes some leather doing it. Barboza starts jabbing again and makes some contact. Three punch combination lands clean for Barboza. Barboza 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Barboza starts off using both hands to keep Luis off balance as he looks to find an opening for a bigger shot. Right hand sneaks in for Barboza. Jab lands for Barboza before falling into a clinch. Big left hook from Luis misses as a lead. Luis still trying to come forward but that’s sort of making it easier for Barboza to pick him off with his longer arms. Left hook lands upstairs for Barboza. Luis is visibly bleeding from his mouth now. Left hook upstairs followed by a right to the body lands for Barboza. Left hook from Luis misses upstairs as Barboza ducks underneath. Barboza 10-9.
Round 4: Jab to the body lands for Barboza. Barboza tries one upstairs this time but it’s blocked. Three more punches come from Barboza and make contact. Left hook lands clean to the body for Barboza. Jab, hook, jab comes from Barboza, who is basically just stylin’ on Luis at this point. Now Barboza puts five punches together as Luis comes in. Jab lands twice for Barboza. Left hand gets in for Barboza at the end of a three punch combination. Now Luis times a right hook upstairs in between’s Barboza’s punches. Luis throws three more punches but eats a hard left hook to the body which immediately stalls his momentum. Barboza picks it up and comes after Luis a bit more as he notices him backing off. Barboza 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Three jabs come from Barboza and make some contact upstairs. Right hand lands to the body for Barboza this time, then a left hook upstairs. Barboza has landed every punch in the book and is trying to get a little more creative now. Clean jab from Barboza snaps Luis’ head back. Left to the body lands for Barboza. Jab and right hand lands for Barboza, then another jab moments later. Barboza times another good one-two right down the middle. Left to the body gets in for Luis but he’s taking a dozen punches for every one he lands. Barboza 10-9.
Round 6: Jab to the body lands well for Barboza. Luis misses on another left hook from range that had no chance of landing. Jab lands clean for Barboza to the head. Barboza turns southpaw again and lands a clean straight left to the body that has Luis reeling a bit. Luis along the ropes getting strafed by Barboza. Now Barboza lands a clearly low shot that gets him a point deduction immediately. Jab lands for Barboza. Jab from orthodox and southpaw stance lands for Barboza, who is just toying with Luis. Right hand lands over the top for Barboza. Barboza 9-9.
Round 7: Multiple jabs come from Barboza, keeping Luis at bay. Right hook from Barboza makes partial contact upstairs. Both fighters land body shots at center ring. Left hook gets in for Barboza at the end of a combination. Right uppercut lands for Barboza. Jab lands clean for Barboza. Measuring jab comes from Barboza, followed by a right hand. Uppercut from Barboza makes contact again before pivoting out at an angle. Now Luis lands a couple of body shots, one Barboza thought was low. Counter right lands upstairs for Barboza. Barboza 10-9.
Round 8: Double jab comes from Barboza as he gets off first. More jabs land for Barboza as he slips a straight shot from Luis. Luis tries to work on the inside but Barboza defends himself pretty well in the pocket. Left hook lands for Barboza from the southpaw stance now. Left and right hand lands for Barboza, followed by two chopping right hands over the top. Barboza ducjs a hook from Luis. Luis lands a body shot but can’t follow it up. Barboza 10-9, 79-72.
Round 9: Jab lands to the body for Barboza. Right hand to the body makes contact for Barboza this time. Barboza throws a flurry and makes good contact on Luis. Check hook lands well for Barboza. Left and right hand lands for Barboza this time. Left hook from Luis doesn’t land that well to the body. Two straight shots land for Barboza at center ring. Left hand lands well for Barboza, then a right. Now a hard left to the body from Barboza makes Luis hunch over. Jab lands upstairs for Barboza. Now Luis tries to throw some punches but he hasn’t much steam on them. Barboza 10-9.
Round 10: Last round. Barboza throws several jabs and then a check hook as Luis tries to walk forward in a straight line, which he has been doing all night long. Left to the body lands for Barboza. A couple of shots from Barboza has Luis retreating for a moment but he then comes forward and eats a couple more shots for his trouble. Right hand lead lands for Barboza. Combination comes from Barboza and he lands most of them pretty clean. Right hand makes partial contact for Barboza. Two hooks from Barboza miss upstairs with Luis on the ropes. Barboza 10-9, 99-90.
Tonight beginning at 7:30 pm ET streaming live on ESPN+, Jose Ramirez will defend his WBC and WBO junior welterweight titles against former titlist Viktor Postol in the main event of a six-round card from Top Rank.
Wil Esco will be on live round-by-round coverage for the main event and co-feature.
Ramirez, 28, is the strong favorite in this fight, in his prime and fighting well, but the technical skills of the 36-year-old Postol can’t be completely discounted. This fight is also finally going to actually happen, having been postponed twice already this year, and the first boxing card taken down by COVID-19, as it was originally set for Feb. 1 in China.
The co-feature will see emerging 140-pound contender Arnold Barboza Jr take on Tony Luis in a 10-round fight, and four more bouts will see prospects in action.
Full Card (ESPN+, 7:30 pm ET)
- Jose Ramirez (25-0, 17 KO) vs Viktor Postol (31-2, 12 KO), junior welterweights, 12 rounds
- Arnold Barboza Jr (23-0, 10 KO) vs Tony Luis (29-3, 10 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Elvis Rodriguez (8-0-1, 8 KO) vs Cody Wilson (9-2, 6 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
- Raymond Muratalla (9-0, 7 KO) vs Cesar Valenzuela (15-6-1, 5 KO), lightweights, 8 rounds
- Gabriel Muratalla (4-0, 3 KO) vs Justice Bland (2-0, 0 KO), bantamweights, 4 rounds
- Javier Martinez (1-0, 0 KO) vs Rance Ward (4-1-1, 2 KO), middleweights, 6 rounds