Arum: Jose Ramirez isn’t fighting until February 2020

World WBC and WBO light welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (27-0, 17 KOs) won’t be fighting for the remainder of 2019 due to surgery that he had on his injured left hand. Ramirez won’t be back in action until February 2020, according to his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“Jose Ramirez hurt his hand again, and this time I got him to see the top hand doctor in the country, Dr. Steve Shen in Los Angeles,” said Top Rank promoter Arum. “He did [Vasiliy] Lomachenko, and he’s done all my fighters. He is treating the hand, and he said if we push it, Jose could come back this year in December. That would be pushing it a little bit, and to put him back in January. Well, he’s Mexican, so he celebrates Christmas and New Years.”

“We’re looking to have him go in February on the Saturday preceding the Super Bowl. It’ll be under consideration staging it in Fresno, California. I don’t know exactly where the fight will be. He’s obligated to do a mandatory with Viktor Postol, the WBC mandatory, and then he’ll do the WBO mandatory with the English fighter Jack Catterall.Then hopefully, we’ll be ready to fight the Josh-Prograis winner,” said Arum.

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