At the Bubble, MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBC & WBO World Super Lightweight champion Jose “Jaguar” Carlos Ramirez retained both titles with a majority decision over former WBC Light Welterweight champion Viktor “The Iceman” Postol, of the Ukraine, with both fighters living in California.
Round one through six it was Ramirez chasing a countering Postol whose reach with his jab won four of the six rounds. In the seventh after being urged by his trainer Robert Garcia not to keep giving up rounds Ramirez came out like a tiger seeking his prey hurting Postol for the first time in the fight going to the body instead of the head. It was an easy fight for referee Russell Mora with hardly a clinch.
In the eighth round Ramirez hurt Postol to the head in a neutral corner after a minute into the round. In the tenth round Postol stunned Ramirez with a right on the chin halfway through the round. In the eleventh Postol began to tire pulling Ramirez into clinch after clinch. In the twelfth and final round with a little over a minute left in the fight Ramirez snapped the head of Postol back. Seem’s Ramirez pulled out the final two rounds for a draw on this writer’s card.
Scores were Tim Cheatham 115-113, Steve Weisfeld 116-112 and Dave Moretti 114-114 same as this writers. Ramirez was coming off a 13 month layoff and Postol a 14 month layoff. Ramirez, 26-0 (17), and Postol, 31-3 (12), both came in at 139 ¾.