Fight Picks: Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez – The Ring

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On Saturday, Ring Journal champion and IBF/ WBA junior welterweight titleholder Josh Taylor and WBC/ WBO counterpart Jose Ramirez will meet to resolve who’s the undisputed champion on the Virgin Inns Las Vegas.

This intriguing matchup can be broadcast on ESPN, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT and can stream dwell within the U.Okay. on FITE for £9.99 (protection begins at 1:30 a.m. U.Okay. time).

Taylor was a embellished novice earlier than turning skilled in 2015. He claimed wins over former world titleholders Miguel Vazquez (KO 9) and Viktor Postol (UD 12) earlier than being unleashed on the World Boxing Tremendous Collection. In a terrific run, the gifted Scotsman beat the beforehand undefeated Ryan Martin (TKO 7), wrenched the IBF title from Ivan Baranchyk (UD 12) and unified towards WBA beltholder Regis Prograis (MD 12). The latter victory noticed the 30-year-old southpaw declare the Muhammad Ali trophy and Ring Journal championship.

Ramirez, who’s rated No. 1 by The Ring at 140 kilos, was a 2012 U.S Olympian, who moved steadily within the professional ranks earlier than hitting world degree. Ramirez received the vacant WBC title towards Amir Imam (UD 12) and has made 4 defenses towards strong opposition: Antonio Orozco (UD 12), Jose Zepeda (MD 12), Maurice Hooker (TKO 6) and Postol (MD 12). The Hooker win noticed Ramirez, 28, add the WBO title to his assortment in spectacular trend.

Taylor (17-0, 13 knockouts) is extensively perceived because the extra rounded of the 2 fighters, however how will he take care of the all-out aggression and fixed strain Ramirez will deliver? Can Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) drive Taylor right into a firefight? Each males are good punchers – who will take the opposite man’s energy higher?

On-line playing group William Hill lists Taylor as a 2-5 (-250) favourite, whereas Ramirez is priced at 2-1 (+200); the draw is 18-1 (+1800).

Right here’s how the consultants see it:

Taylor (proper) assaults Ivan Baranchyk. Picture by Mark Runnacles/Getty Photographs

TOM GRAY: TAYLOR UD
“Taylor established himself because the best 140-pounder on this planet when he defeated Regis Prograis in October 2019. Ramirez is strong and an excellent fighter however excellent received’t be sufficient right here. Taylor is particular, and he’s superior in virtually each division. A late stoppage wouldn’t be a shock, however I feel the Mexican-American’s pleasure and toughness will see him attain the end line. I see Taylor completely dominating this battle.”

ANSON WAINWRIGHT: TAYLOR UD
“I really feel Taylor is a extra rounded fighter and can be a step forward of Ramirez. I really feel Taylor can field off the backfoot and in addition be aggressive when he must be. Ramirez tends to simply be the aggressor. I feel a firefight fits Ramirez, after which you’ll be able to flip a coin. I simply really feel Taylor will choose his spots when to field and when to face and commerce. The Scottish fighter will win a cushty unanimous choice, one thing like 8-4 in rounds. I wouldn’t rule out a late stoppage for him both.”

LEE GROVES: RAMIREZ PTS
“As is the case in most fights, the end result can be decided by which man forces his tempo in addition to his type of combating. If Ramirez forces a slugging match, his superior work fee will assist his trigger but when Taylor slows issues down and makes use of his lefty stance to stymie Ramirez’s jab, he’ll take a giant step towards victory. I see Taylor doing properly within the early rounds with Ramirez choosing issues up later. It is going to be an thrilling, nip-and-tuck affair and whereas the playing cards might very properly be divided, I imagine Ramirez’s aggression and output will swing sufficient rounds his approach.”

MICHAEL WOODS: RAMIREZ PTS
“I imagine there may be an 85-percent probability that we get an entire bunch of give and take, ebb and move. I sense the timing being proper for a very fan-friendly structured rumble. Two factors possibly will separate these two finish of evening. Ramirez, a tad grittier, would be the busier man later. Will, not energy or stamina, will show the distinction maker. By a slight margin, after a pair minor traditional rounds, Jose has his hand raised.”

RON BORGES: RAMIREZ PTS
“Though Josh Taylor is a heavy favourite to defeat Jose Ramirez, maintain on a minute. Heavy favourite primarily based on what? They each went the gap with Postol, and whereas some level out two of the undefeated Ramirez’s final three title defenses had been received by majority choice, his critics overlook so as to add that not a single choose voted towards him. 4 had him successful and two had attracts. Ramirez is properly skilled by Robert Garcia, a proud man with a shot to make historical past amongst Mexican fighters with a win. He’s sturdy, can field and has the abilities to outpoint and outhustle Taylor, which he’ll do by successful a good choice.”

MARTY MULCAHEY: TAYLOR MD
“I envision an in depth battle, with an intangible like Taylor having boxed the higher degree of opposition and superior timing making the distinction. Whereas Ramirez owns measurement, attain, and age benefits, I don’t see him overcoming Taylor’s versatility and jab which pushes foes in instructions Taylor dictates. For my part Ramirez has overachieved so far, so it’s onerous to wager towards his decided mindset. Taylor’s eye-catching combos and better accuracy ought to give him the slightest of nods from the judges. I’ll go together with a majority choice for Taylor by way of 115-113 towards 114-114 vary.”

MICHAEL MONTERO: TAYLOR PTS
“That is the very definition of a ‘choose em’ battle; I can actually see it going both approach. Inactivity might play an element. Each males fought as soon as in 2020, however Ramirez fough 12 onerous rounds with Viktor Postol, whereas Taylor wanted lower than a spherical to do away with his IBF necessary opponent. In the long run, I simply assume Taylor has an additional diploma that can assist him edge this one out. Gimme Taylor factors, 115-113.”

NORM FRAUENHEIM: TAYLOR UD
“Two fighters, each of their prime, in a battle for all the items of the junior welterweight title. What’s to not like? The most secure choose is Struggle of the Yr. In the long run nonetheless, the sting goes to Taylor, who has extra in his skillset than Jose Ramirez has. Ramirez’ toughness, his dogged sturdiness, means he’ll be there for 12 rounds. But it surely additionally means he’ll be there as a goal for Taylor’s exact, usually explosive punches till the punishing finish of a decisive victory for the Scot.”

Ramirez (proper) nails Antonio Orozco. Picture by Mikey Williams/ Prime Rank

STEVE FARHOOD (TV ANALYST): TAYLOR PTS
“Nice matchup. Each of those two are confirmed on the highest degree, and this figures to be worthy of a battle that can crown a four-belt champion. As soon as once more, Ramirez’s type would require fixed aggression. My guess is that Taylor has ample alternatives to counter, rating, and win rounds. Taylor by shut choice in an motion battle.”

DUKE MCKENZIE (FORMER THREE-DIVISION TITLEHOLDER/TV ANALYST): RAMIREZ MD
“It’s not usually we see a unified match up the place each champions are on the high of their sport. Each Taylor and Ramirez are on a mission to be No. 1. Taylor is arguably the higher boxer, very tidy, match, robust and received’t again up on this battle. We all know each are combative and pugnacious. I really feel Ramirez is best at in-fighting, as neither boxer will take a backwards step. I lean in the direction of Ramirez, who has a relentless imply streak in his work. He hooks savagely to move and physique and is an effective finisher. Ramirez wins a majority choice.”

RAUL MARQUEZ (FORMER WORLD CHAMPION/COMMENTATOR): TAYLOR PTS
“I really feel Taylor has extra dimensions to his sport and is crispier along with his pictures. Ramirez is a warrior can be coming ahead all evening lengthy. Taylor can’t be drawn right into a battle. I’m going with Taylor by choice.”

VIKTOR POSTOL (FORMER WBC JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT TITLEHOLDER): TAYLOR PTS
“If Ramirez can’t catch Taylor with good punch, I’d go together with Taylor. Taylor can field other ways; he’s extra versatile and might adapt to many types. I feel Taylor wins it on factors.”

ALEX STEEDMAN (COMMENTATOR): TAYLOR PTS
“Ramirez all the time brings it and Taylor is a category act. You need to really feel that Ramirez would require greater than he has proven up to now to win however he’ll ask questions. Can the tempo, depth and attain of Ramirez trigger sufficient issues? I don’t assume so however an in depth battle might unfold. In the end, I see Taylor’s method and selection being the distinction on the playing cards.”

KATHY DUVA (PROMOTER, MAIN EVENTS): RAMIREZ PTS
“That is really a choose ’em battle, and I’m to see it. In the long run, although, I’ve to provide the sting to Ramirez. I don’t assume that Taylor is prone to cease him, so I anticipate that Ramirez is extra prone to win a choice given his hometown benefit.”

JOLENE MIZZONE (MATCHMAKER, MAIN EVENTS): TAYLOR UD
“I’m going to go together with Taylor on this one, primarily based off of his southpaw stance. The final time Ramirez fought a southpaw was towards Zepeda, which was an in depth battle. I’m giving the sting to Taylor on this one by unanimous choice.”

ROBERT DIAZ (MATCHMAKER, GOLDEN BOY): RAMIREZ UD
“Very even and really shut battle. I see each having their moments and rounds going backwards and forwards. I normally favor the boxer over the extra aggressive fighter, however on this case I have to favor the one which has the extra expertise and the one which has had the harder fights. I see a unanimous choice for Jose Ramirez in a really shut and entertaining battle.”

REGIS PROGRAIS (FORMER JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT TITLEHOLDER): TAYLOR SD
“I feel Taylor ought to have the ability to outbox him, maintain the southpaw jab in his face all evening, then he can hit him with some huge pictures. Ramirez has had bother with boxers. He needs to get on the within, bang the physique, but when Josh tries to maintain him on the surface, he ought to win. I feel it can positively be an in depth battle. I see a break up choice for Taylor.”

CAMERON DUNKIN (PROMOTER, D&D BOXING): RAMIREZ TKO
“I like Ramirez, I feel he has a shot at stopping Taylor late. I feel Ramirez goes to be great form, he’s not going to cease punching, he’s going to push Taylor. It’s going to be a firefight and I feel Ramirez stops him late.”

BRANDUN LEE (JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CONTENDER): TAYLOR PTS
“It’s going to be a very good battle. [I like] Josh Taylor by choice. He’s sooner, a southpaw, higher abilities, mild on his toes, and the higher boxer total.”

RICKY HATTON (FORMER WORLD CHAMPION/ TRAINER): TAYLOR PTS
“A great battle, two unbeaten champions, neither is aware of what it’s prefer to lose and an unbeaten fighter is a harmful fighter. It’s a giant unification and must be a cracker. It’s onerous to go towards Josh Taylor. He’s in type and on the high of his sport, having fought on the increased degree, so I’m going with Josh on factors.”

Closing Tally: Taylor 13-7

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Questions and/or feedback might be despatched to Anson at [email protected] and you may comply with him on Twitter @AnsonWainwright

 



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