Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor are set to lock horns for the junior welterweight unification title that is likely to take the boxing community by storm.
Ramirez has 26 wins under this belt and he’s yet to be defeated in his pro boxing career. The 28-year-old California-based boxer has racked up 17 finishes via KOs. He grabbed the WBC junior welterweight strap from Amir Imam in March 2018. As for the WBO title, Ramirez thumped Maurice Hooker with a sixth-round TKO.
In August 2021, the boxing prodigy then took on Viktor Postol and successfully defended his belts.
On the flip side, Josh Taylor has an impressive resume as well. With 17 wins and no losses, the 30-year-old is a star of his own league. The Scottish boxer made it big in May 2019 when he won the IBF version of the title against Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series semifinals.
Regis Prograis was Josh Taylor’s next victim as he went down on majority decision five laters after the Baranchyk fight. This helped Taylor add the WBA belt to his collection.
He retained his prestigious titles in September 2021 as he registered a comfortable first-round TKO to overwhelm Apinun Khongsong. As of now, the Scottish star is training with Ben Davison. He previously had Shane McGuigan as his coach.
In an interview with BonusCodeBets.co.uk, Taylor said: “It’s completely different in all aspects. It’s unbelievable. The two of them are very good coaches, but the two are very different.”
He added: “Ben adds more to my game, more to my arsenal and you’ll see that May 22nd. He’s added loads to my game, you’ll see on fight night what we’ve been working on.”
A thriller is guaranteed when these fighters will take on each other because none of them has ever tasted a defeat. One of them will get his undefeated streak rattled. Whoever clinches the much-awaited contest will earn the right to be declared the best fighter in the division coupled with an improvement in their pound-for-pound status.
Speaking about the match-up on Tuesday, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said: “This is the best boxing has to offer, two elite fighters in the prime of their careers colliding in a legacy-defining matchup for the undisputed championship of the world. It’s a true 50-50 fight, one that the fans and both fighters demanded.”
Undercards for the night
Louie Coria vs. Jose Enrique Vivas, 8 rounds, featherweight
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Juan Tapia, 8 rounds, featherweight
Andres Cortes vs. Eduardo Garza, 8 rounds, junior lightweight
Raymond Muratalla vs. Jose Luis Gallegos, 8 rounds, lightweight
Javier Martinez vs. Calvin Metcalf, 6 rounds, middleweight
When is the Jose Ramirez-Josh Taylor bout?
If you’re a boxing fanatic, you’re in for a show for the rest of 2021. The welterweight juggernauts will clash on May 22 in Las Vegas.
They were originally planned to grace the ring on May 8, but the fight was put off as it conflicted with the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders title fight.
Where to watch the Jose Ramirez-Josh Taylor fight?
ESPN and ESPN+ will commence broadcasting the Ramirez-Taylor fight at 8 pm ET on Saturday. You can get an ESPN subscription and watch the entire event live on ESPN+ and ESPN’s mobile application as well.