This Saturday, May 22, Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor will go toe-to-toe, where the winner becomes the first undisputed champion since Terence Crawford defeated Julius Indongo in 2017. Ramirez, who comes with a record of 26 wins, 17 of them via KO and no defeats, the last victory of the Mexican was on August 29, 2020. While the Scottish opponent Josh Taylor has 17 wins, 13 of them via KO and no defeats, having his last submission on September 26, 2020.
Five interesting facts to review before the Saturday night fight:
1. Since his professional debut in 2012, the Mexican has fought 25 fights with little to no losses.
2. The Scottish Taylor also has since his pro debut in 2015 a 17-fight undefeated record.
3. Taylor became the first Scottish lightweight boxer to qualify for the Olympics since Dick McTaggart.
4. The Mexican is a two-time Jr. Golden Globes national champion and two-time Olympic national champion.
5. On Saturday, Ramirez’s WBC/WBO and Taylor’s WBA/IBF titles will be contested in what will be one of the best fights in boxing.
Let’s review the current performance of Jose Ramirez before the fight against Josh Taylor.
Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs), 30, of Edinburgh, Scotland, won the IBF version of the title with a unanimous decision victory over Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series semifinals in May 2019. In the WBSS finals five months later, Taylor defeated favorite Regis Prograis by majority decision in an excellent performance to add the WBA belt. Taylor scored an easy first-round technical knockout victory over Apinun Khongsong in September to retain his titles.
Here is Ramirez’s last fight against Viktor Postol: (Video courtesy of: The Champions Archives)
How is Josh Taylor coming into this Saturday night’s fight against Jose Ramirez?
Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs), 28, of Avenal, California, won the then-vacant WBC junior welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Amir Imam in March 2018. Sixteen months later, Ramirez added the WBO belt with a sixth-round technical knockout victory over Maurice Hooker. He defended the belts once in a majority decision win over Viktor Postol in August.
Here is Ramirez’s last fight against Viktor Postol:
Josh Taylor: -225 – Best O/U: O 10½ (-390)
José Ramírez: +175 – Best O/U: U 10½ (+305)