WBO President tells Jose Ramirez that Jack Catterall got next
Everyone in boxing knows about the high-profile issue the WBC had when it came to mandatory heavyweight Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18ko). He waited forever to get his title opportunity, only for it to go down in flames with a defeat to Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25ko) back on August 22, 2020. However, few are aware of WBO junior welterweight mandatory Jack “El Gato” Catterall (25-0, 13ko). He has been in that position since 2019, awaiting the organization to enforce the mandatory order.
HOW WE GOT HERE!
Unified champion Jose “Jaguar” Ramirez (26-0, 17ko) inherited this problem when he defeated former champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (27-1-3, 18ko) in 2019. Moreover, the WBO ordered the unified champion to face the British mandatory challenger.
Next, Ramirez was on track to face former WBC champion “The Iceman” Viktor Postol (31-3, 12ko). However, the bout got postponed, like all things under the COVID-19 hostage takeover.
Following a slim victory over the “Iceman” on August 29, 2020, the unified champion was all set to focus on an undisputed bout with unified champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (16-0, 12ko).
THE WBO HAS SPOKEN
Well, not so fast. It seems the WBO has learned from watching the WBC debacle with Whyte. The British junior welterweight mandatory can smile and put his worries to rest, as the organization President Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, took to social media to inform the unified champion the “El Gato” got next.
By: Garrisson Bland