LAS VEGAS (Could 10, 2021) — The countdown is on, and WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez is 12 days away from a legacy-defining undisputed showdown in opposition to Josh Taylor, Scotland’s IBF/WBA/Ring Journal kingpin.
It’s enterprise as common for Ramirez, the 2012 U.S. Olympian from California’s Central Valley who hopes to turn out to be the primary four-belt undisputed champion of Mexican descent. He’s spent the higher a part of two months coaching in Riverside, California, with Robert Garcia, who has guided his profession contained in the ring since after his March 2018 title-winning effort over Amir Imam.
With struggle week seven days away, Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) is the prohibitive underdog for the primary time in his skilled profession, as Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) is a greater than 2-to-1 favourite at most sportsbooks. Ramirez is conscious of public notion, but it surely doesn’t faze him as he enters the sixth world title struggle of his profession. Taylor earned the celebrated Ring Journal belt together with his October 2019 resolution over Regis Prograis, however on Could 22, the game’s loftiest prize will likely be on the road.
As coaching camp winds down, that is what Ramirez needed to say:
“I’ve at all times been the underdog. That’s my mentality. I’m preventing for my place in boxing historical past. No boxer of Mexican descent has ever held all 4 world title belts. I’m conscious that most individuals are choosing in opposition to me, however that solely fuels me additional.”
“In my thoughts, I’m presupposed to win this struggle. I don’t let the skin noise get to me. It doesn’t matter what you do, or who you beat, there’s at all times going to be anyone else on the market. At this second, that individual is Josh Taylor.”
“We each wished the struggle, and I respect him for taking over the problem. Josh and I are out to make historical past, and I do know I would be the higher man on Could 22.”
“The percentages are what they’re, however the perfect junior welterweight, the undisputed champion, will likely be topped Could 22.”
About Ramirez vs. Taylor
Promoted by High Rank, Ramirez vs. Taylor is a 12-round showdown for the undisputed junior welterweight world championship, which is able to happen Saturday, Could 22 at The Theater at Virgin Resorts Las Vegas. The occasion will likely be broadcast dwell on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (and simulcast on ESPN+) at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT
The telecast will even characteristic a 10-round junior welterweight battle between Jose “Chon” Zepeda and “Hammerin” Hank Lundy, along with an eight-round junior welterweight tilt between knockout artist Elvis “The Dominican Child” Rodriguez and Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr.