After months of anticipation and more than a year off for both fighters, Jose Ramirez puts his WBC and WBO super lightweight world titles on the line Saturday night against Viktor Postol. The bout has been rescheduled twice because of the pandemic, and no fans will be in attendance at the MGM Grand. Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) hopes to stay on track for a unification bout with IBF and WBA super lightweight champion Josh Taylor, while the durable Postol (31-2, 12 KOs) is looking to rise to the occasion.
The card is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET in Las Vegas. Ramirez is listed as the -650 favorite at William Hill, with Postol getting +475. With plenty of ways to make Ramirez vs. Postol picks on Saturday, be sure to see the latest boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D'Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what's going on inside and outside the ring. Kahn manages nearly 10 percent of Top Rank's fighters, and he can be seen and heard weekly as co-host of "The Fight Guys" show on FITE TV.
Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is an astounding 19-1 on SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, returning $1,540 to $100 bettors.
Last year in the heavyweight division, Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, a massive 22-1 long shot bet. "Based on everything Wilder has expressed leading up to the fight and his true dislike and beef with Breazeale, expect Wilder to come out and try to get rid of him early to make a statement," Kahn told readers. The result: Wilder ended it at the 2:17 mark with a violent one-punch knockout, and everyone who followed Kahn's advice cashed huge.
Now, with Saturday's boxing card fast approaching, Kahn has studied Ramirez vs. Postol from every angle, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released a highly confident pick. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Ramirez vs. Postol preview
Kahn has kept a close eye on Ramirez's rise and was impressed by his performance against Maurice Hooker last year. However, the boxing guru knows Postol is tough to take out and still has plenty of fight in him at 36.
"Postol has proven to be durable. In his 2016 world title loss to Terence Crawford, he took Crawford the distance in losing in a decision. He also lost a decision to Josh Taylor in 2018," Khan told SportsLine.
Ramirez added the WBO belt and defended his WBC title by taking Hooker out by sixth-round TKO in a fight Kahn described as coming to "a quick and violent end" in July 2019. Postol's last fight was 16 months ago, when he became the mandatory challenger by defeating Mohamed Mimoune in April 2019 by unanimous decision.
"I'm just looking forward to fighting. I'm coming to win those world titles," Postol told reporters. "I have been training since this fight was first announced, so I'm focused and ready to go." You can see Kahn's Ramirez vs. Postol picks at SportsLine.
How to make Ramirez vs. Postol picks
For Saturday's fight, Kahn has a very strong pick on Ramirez vs. Postol, and he's also predicting exactly how long that fight lasts. You can see his picks, including his prediction on how long the fight lasts, right here.
Who wins Ramirez vs. Postol? How long does the fight last? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn's best bet for Saturday, all from the fight game manager who is 19-1 on boxing picks since the sport returned, and find out.