Unified junior welterweight titleholder Jose Ramirez’s path to a shot at the undisputed championship cleared a difficult and final hurdle on Saturday night.

Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) defended his WBO and WBC titles at 140 pounds by edging former champion Viktor Postol (31-3, 12 KOs) via majority decision inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Two judges scored it 115-113 and 116-112 for Ramirez while the third had it 114-114. CBS Sports also scored it 116-112 for Ramirez. 

Although the fight was a mandatory title defense, it proved equally as tough on paper and inside the ring for Ramirez as the long and polished Postol, 36, used his jab to control distance and frustrate the aggressive champion throughout many close rounds. The bout capped a year-long whirlwind for the two fighters after twice seeing…

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