WBC and WBO junior welterweight world titlist Jose Ramirez will not be able to defend his titles against mandatory challenger Viktor Postol because of the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus in China, ESPN reports.
According to Chairman of the boxing promotional company Top Rank, Bob Arum, who represents Ramirez, the fight "is definitely off."
"People have to fly there from the rest of China, and a lot of those flights are being canceled. It is a serious situation," Top Rank Chairman stated.
However, the fight will likely be rescheduled in the United States, but the potential date is unknown.
As we reported earlier, the fight between WBC and WBO light-welterweight champion Jose Ramirez and former titlist Viktor Postol was supposed to take place Feb. 1 at the Mission Hills Haikou, a golf resort in the Chinese port city of Haikou, the capital of the island province of Hainan.
Victor Postol held the title of WBC light-welterweight World Champion in 2015-2016. After the defeat to Terence Crawford, Ukrainian had four fights, winning three of them.
"I'm an official contender, we started negotiating. We agreed for a fight to take place on November 30, but after Ramirez became WBO World Champion, he injured his arm. He had surgery and, as I have heard, negotiations are being made in order to wait for a bit and make a fight in early February of 2020. Promoters are doing their best to keep both of Ramirez’s titles at stake," Postol said.