Top Rank is putting on another exciting boxing card on Saturday in Las Vegas. The matches are set to take place from a conference room in the MGM Grand. Fights typically take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but since fans are not permitted to enter, the conference center has been the home of boxing at the MGM.
It should be a good one, with an exciting main event scheduled for the August 29 card. Jose Ramirez and Viktor Postol will fight in the feature bout on Saturday night in Vegas. Over in Australia, a fight took place worth mentioning between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu this week. The odds looked funny on that fight, and surely enough, the more popular Horn got picked to pieces against the more elusive Tszyu.
Horn was a heavy underdog and the results surely backed the oddsmakers up. He looked out of the fight in the first round. Horn was sucking wind early and was never able to recover. Tszyu did what he wanted against his fellow countryman. The only place for Tszyu to go is up.
He can no longer stay in Australia, and will have to begin challenging top-10 contenders at welterweight. As far as tonight is concerned in Las Vegas, Ramirez and Postol are ready to fight after two postponements. Ramirez is the unified WBC and WBO light welterweight champ. He’s had quite the career, which includes a trip to the Olympics in 2012 to represent the United States.
The native of California is a heavy favorite against the challenger. Postol believes he has a chance in this fight, and while I don’t believe Ramirez should be as big as a -800 favorite, Postol is going to have his work cut out for him against the champ. Both 140-pound titles are going to be up for grabs in this fight. It will likely require an off night for Ramirez, but we’ve already seen some boxers look a bit sluggish after going through the lockdown and layoff. Head below for our free Jose Ramirez vs. Viktor Postol pick for August 29, 2020.
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The one thing working for the Urakianian in this fight is his toughness. Viktor Postol has taken on some worthy boxers and stood tall with them and went the distance. The biggest fight of Postol’s career was against Terence Crawford in 2016. Despite losing, which was the first loss of his career, Postol held in there with one of the best boxers in the world. Crawford ultimately won by UD and stripped the WBC light welterweight title from Postol.
If Ramirez wants to KO Postol, he is going to have to catch a rare opportunity where he gets lazy. Postol is a technically sound fighter and likely won’t let that happen, though. If Postol spent lockdown failing to prepare himself properly, then Ramirez might be able to bury a weak and tired Postol late. However, an unprepared Postol hasn’t happened often in his 33 fight career.
In both of Postol’s losses, he lost by UD, the other loss coming against Josh Taylor in 2018. 10 of Postol’s last 12 bouts have been decided by a decision. He KO’d Lucas Matthysse in 2015 and Selcuk Aydin in 2014. Otherwise, his matches have come down to the judges scorecards. Postol has the stamina to hand this fight over to the judges, though winning might be more difficult.
Ramirez enters Saturday night with a record of 25-0. He beat Maurice Hooker by TKO on July 27, 2017 to retain his WBC light welterweight title and win the WBO light welterweight title. He stopped Hooker at the 1:48 minute mark of the sixth round. I’m not so sure Postol is going to go down that easily tonight. However, the younger 26-year-old, Jose Ramirez, in the prime of his career is likely going to be too quick to keep up with. A 117-111 decision to Ramirez is where I see this fight going.