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By Jake Adkin   - @jakeadkinsport


Unified WBC & WBO Champion Jose Ramirez returns to the ring this weekend for the first time in over a year when he takes on division veteran Victor Postol at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ramirez will be defending his unified titles for the first time since picking up Maurice Hooker’s WBO Title in a fantastic fight last July. This weekend’s fight has added interest because the unified Champion’s opponent Postol has been in the ring with the division’s other unified Champ, Josh Taylor. 

Taylor, who holds the IBF and WBA versions of the World Championship, beat the rangy Ukrainian Postol in 2018 before the Scot had even won his first world honour. In a tightly contested contest, Taylor scored a beautiful knockdown in 10th round of their contest to help him see out the victory. With Taylor having a win over Postol and being the other holder of the two belts in the division, it seems as though the performances of the respective men against the same opposition are undoubtedly going to be compared. 

Postol himself isn’t to be counted out either. Postol has fought the very best the division has had to offer, Taylor and the incredible Terrence Crawford are just two names that appear on Postol’s resume and he has been a live opponent in both of these encounters. He rose to prominence when he actually won the WBC Super Lightweight title when he knocked out Lucas Matthysse back in 2015, so has shown he is a solid world level contender in the division, so Ramirez would be wise to ensure that beating Postol is on his mind, not bettering Josh Taylor. 

This leaves the Mexican-American Champion in a difficult position, if he wins, his win will be directly compared to that of Taylors, so he has that pressure to withstand whilst simultaneously being in what could be the most difficult test of his career. His predicament is that if he wins, his win will be widely discredited because Postol is past his best in the eyes of many (he has been knocked down in 3 of his last 5 fights) and in the midst of that he also stands a chance of losing, due to Postol’s awkward style and wealth of Championship experience.