Jose Pedraza from February 5. Jose Ramirez battles COVID-19, now slated for March
Jose Ramirez will have to wait a little longer to get back to the winning column.
The junior welterweight bout between Ramirez and former two-division titlist Jose Pedraza will not take place on February 5 as originally scheduled because Pedraza tested positive for COVID-19, Top Rank reported on Monday afternoon.
The fight, originally slated to be an ESPN + main event, has been postponed until March 4, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
Ramirez, 29 (26-1, 17 KOs), the Ring’s 140-pound No.2, of Avalon, Calif., Suffered the first loss of his career last May in a battle for the undisputed welterweight championship juniors. against Josh Taylor. The latter scored two knockdowns, one in the sixth round and another in the seventh round.
Puerto Rico’s Pedraza (29-3, 14 KOs), who previously held titles at 130 and 135 pounds, is ranked No.10 by The Ring. A move to 135 pounds following a third round loss to Gervonta “Tank” Davis in the third defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight title in January 2017 was accompanied by a promotional move to Top Rank.
The move proved successful as he won the WBO 135-pound Championship from former title holder Ray Beltran by unanimous decision in August 2018. He lost that belt in his first defense against Vasiliy Lomachenko before resuming weight.
After what was then considered a surprising loss to Jose Zepeda in 2019, Pedraza is on a three-game winning streak, and a win over Ramirez would put him in first place to claim a title in his third weight division.
A win for the Mexican-American would add to an already impressive resume that includes wins over former champions Viktor Postol, Maurice Hooker and Zepeda. But better yet, a win could potentially provide Ramirez with an opportunity to avenge his only loss to Taylor.