Jose Ramirez is motivated by the prospect of facing some of the biggest names in boxing as he plots a move to welterweight - but not before he has a unification showdown with Josh Taylor.

The reigning WBC and WBO light-welterweight champion, Ramirez defends his titles on Saturday when he takes on experienced challenger Viktor Postol in Las Vegas.

It is a bout that looks set to finally go ahead at the third attempt, as initial dates in February and May were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponements have seen Ramirez inactive for over a year, yet the Californian says the time since his impressive stoppage win over Maurice Hooker in July 2019 has gone by like a "blur".

While he must deal with Postol first, the 28-year-old is already plotting ahead as he targets Scotsman Taylor, who currently holds the WBA and IBF titles, and is willing to travel to make it happen.

"I do want that fight, for sure. That's the fight I want next. That's still my plan," Ramirez told Stats Perform News. 

"Not to be insincere, I know he has a mandatory late September so if the fight doesn't happen this year, it could happen early next year.   

"Now, as far as the venue, I would be excited to go to the United Kingdom and fight there. I would be more than happy and motivated to do that.  

"I think it would be lovely for me to be able to showcase my talent in front of a whole different crowd, different fans. I would be willing to do that, whatever it takes for the fight to happen and wherever it's going to bring the most momentum."

Whenever and wherever the Taylor fight takes place, Ramirez acknowledged that he has a limited amount of time left at the 10-stone limit. A switch to welterweight not only makes life easier on the scales but also opens up a number of lucrative possibilities, too. 

Terence Crawford holds the WBO title, while Errol Spence Jr has the IBF and WBC belts. Then there is the legendary Manny Pacquiao, who sits in the position of 'super' champion with the WBA. 

"I think there's two more fights at 140 [the light-welterweight limit], hopefully, and then I move to 147," Ramirez said when asked about his long-term future. 

"It's time for me to let my body grow and see how much I can develop and let my power also develop and put some extra mass and be a bigger fighter that I know I can be.   

"If it's Terence Crawford or any other champion, my goal will be to become a world champion at 147 as well." 

He added: "I think those things motivate me the most. So, two more fights and I will be happy to make that move to 147, especially if I fight Josh Taylor for all four belts.   

"There wouldn't be any reason to stay at 140. I know there's some good 135-pounders out there, but nothing motivates me [more] than the names Crawford, Pacquaio, Spence – those types of champions. 

"I know if I let my body grow, I know I could be a much better 147-pounder than a 140-pounder."

Promoter Bob Arum has revealed a fight between Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao could still be on the cards, potentially before the end of 2020.

A bout between the two has long been talked about but has failed to materialise, though Top Rank boss Arum has raised hopes over what would be a lucrative showdown.

WBO welterweight champion Crawford plans to be in action before the end of the year after twice defending his title in 2019, recording stoppage victories over Amir Khan and Egidijus Kavaliauskas.

A unification clash with Pacquiao, who holds the WBA 'Super' title, is a possibility, albeit "nothing is concrete" as negotiations continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Pacquiao fight, obviously we'd like to do it," Arum – who promotes Crawford – told BoxingScene.com.

"Whether we can do it, how we can do it, that's what we're figuring out now.

"Obviously, if it can happen it'll happen, and if it can't happen, it won't happen. But nothing is concrete on that. We hope we can do it. We're trying, but this is not a usual situation."

Whether it is Pacquiao next remains to be seen, but Crawford has been told to be ready for action in November.

Kell Brook, the former IBF champion, has also been rumoured as a potential option for 'Bud', who boasts an unblemished 36-fight record in the paid ranks.

"We told Terence that he's scheduled to fight in November," Arum added.

"If it can't be Pacquiao for various reasons, then we'll match him with somebody else. But we told Terence to prepare for mid-November, whether it's November 14 or 21."

Terence Crawford is likely to return to the ring in September or October and a fight against Manny Pacquiao is the preferred option, says his promoter Bob Arum.

American Crawford, who is the WBO welterweight champion and undefeated in 36 career bouts, ideally wishes to return when spectators are allowed back into venues once the coronavirus pandemic has eased sufficiently.

Pacquiao, 41, was previously a Top Rank fighter like Crawford but did not face him during that period.

His last fight was a split decision victory over Keith Thurman in July 2019, while Crawford, who is seeking a high-profile contest, stopped Egidijus Kavaliauskas in December.

The other options to fight Crawford are Kell Brook, Yordenis Ugas, Shawn Porter and Thurman.

"We're going to have Terence fight in September, or October, period," Arum said, per ESPN.

"We're looking to either match him with Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Ugas or Porter."

Of facing Pacquiao, Arum added to talkSPORT: "That's the opponent that I would most like Terence to fight, and I think he would.

"Now, that requires a lot of money and we've had proposals from the Mid-East. 

"I don't know whether the Mid-East venues will allow spectators this year, they may not allow it until there's a vaccine. That is the problem.

"We're hamstrung because none of these [venues] want to commit to a fight this year because of the coronavirus.

"Otherwise, we have to look for Terence Crawford to fight a major welterweight. There are a number that are possibilities. Thurman, Porter or this kid Ugas, the Cuban who is a good, good welterweight.

"They're with Al [Haymon's] company PBC, but we're working well together with that company, so I don't think that'll be a problem.

"And then finally there is Kell Brook, whose management contacts me on almost a weekly basis.

"So the first possibility is Pacquiao, if that's possible. Second possibility is a fight against one of Al's guys. And the third possibility is Kell Brook if we can get him in the United States."

Kell Brook is hopeful a "huge, huge fight" against Terence Crawford can be made, having given up on the possibility of facing Amir Khan.

The undefeated Crawford is the reigning WBO welterweight champion but Brook - a former title holder at 147 pounds - is ready to take on the challenge of ending the American's perfect record.

While his last outing, a stoppage win over Mark DeLuca in February, was at super-welterweight, the Brit is ready to drop down a division to secure a bout against someone he describes as "one of the best pound-for-pound fighters out there".

The coronavirus pandemic has forced promoters to put plans on hold, yet Bob Arum - who works with Crawford - talked about the possible showdown in a recent interview with Boxing Scene, revealing how it could even be staged in the United Kingdom. 

"The signals we are getting from Crawford's team are that they want it, that it's there to be made," Brook said while appearing on an Instagram Live with his promoter Eddie Hearn.

"That's a huge, huge fight. Crawford is one of the pound-for-pound best fighters out there. I said that before I left this game I wanted to fight the best out there, too."

Hearn admitted that a chance to face Crawford is simply too good to turn down for the former IBF champion.

"I still think you've got world championships in you at 154 pounds," Hearn said to Brook during their chat. 

"For me, I would love to see you go and win a title. But you can't turn down a Crawford fight."

While, Crawford's resume boasts a win over Khan - he triumphed by TKO in their meeting at Madison Square Garden a year ago - Brook has been unable to secure a clash with his long-time domestic rival.

Having pushed hard for several years without any success, he believes the time has come to move on from Khan.

"I've given that angle up, because it's gone past the line now for me," Brook said. "I have done everything that has been asked of me to make it happen."

Well rested and with the chance to leave a lasting impression on a busy boxing year, Terence Crawford is focused on only one thing: winning.

Following the destruction of Amir Khan back in April, the southpaw known simply as 'Bud' makes the third defence of his WBO welterweight title on Saturday. The lengthy break was not part of his plan, but Crawford understands how the business works.

In the opposite corner is Egidijus Kavaliauskas. The California-based Lithuanian's name is a nightmare for journalists – a copy-and-paste job for anyone covering the bout – but his track record suggests he may not be a scary prospect for the classy Crawford, who has won his last six inside the distance.

Still, speaking ahead of the clash at Madison Square Garden in New York, the champion made clear he is not taking his opponent lightly.

"I expect a tough fight, he [Kavaliauskas] is a tough opponent, he's very strong. He can fight, punch hard and I'm just looking for a good fight this week," the switch-hitting southpaw told Omnisport.

"I enjoyed the time off with my family and at the same time, I wish I could have got a second fight earlier and had a third fight later this year. But I'm here now and I'm going to make the best of it."

Making the best of it is something Crawford has to do in a compelling, crowded division.

Errol Spence Jr. holds the IBF and WBC belts, while the legendary Manny Pacquaio is still going strong as the WBA's reigning champion. Then there is Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, plus also Danny Garcia and his namesake, Mikey.

But, as Britain can testify while coming to terms with an unexpected election result this week, politics have a habit of making life difficult.

While the majority of his rivals are signed up to Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), Crawford is tied in with Bob Arum and Top Rank. A coalition will be required to broker a deal between promoters linked to alternative television networks, but neither will want to cede too much ground during negotiations.

Poll boxing fans and plenty would vote for Crawford as not only the best in his division but also the leading candidate to top the pound-for-pound rankings. He boasts a 35-0 record, has held world titles at three different weights and fights in a manner that makes him a pleasure to watch, unless you're the one sharing a ring with him.

Asked about his plans for 2020, the 32-year-old was unwilling to discuss potential clashes with Pacquiao, Porter or even Kell Brook, a former IBF champion who was mentioned earlier this year as a potential opponent.

"My main fight is this week, I'm not thinking about any other opponents at this point in time," Crawford replied when asked about a clash with Porter, something Arum has suggested to the media could be next.

"I don't care what Bob Arum or anybody else says about any other opponents, that's not something I worry about.

"I'm focused on the task at hand and that's Mean Machine this weekend, then after we can talk and see what's the next move."

Should he see off Kavaliauskas in the Big Apple, Crawford may be more forthcoming over his future plans. Another move up in weight does not appear to be in the pipeline, though.

"I'm comfortable at this weight, I'm happy at this weight and this is the weight that I've been campaigning to become undisputed," he said.

"I consider myself to be the best in this weight and the best in the world."

An overall PBC majority at welterweight leads to concerns Crawford may not get to prove himself against the other elite names at 147 pounds.

Still, the only thing he can do is keep on winning, starting with a mandatory title defence that offers him a platform to impress once again.

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