IBHOF inductee and boxing playing knowledgeable Graham Houston seeks the betting worth in tonight’s fascinating undisputed 140lbs title struggle between Edinburgh’s WBA Tremendous and IBF king Josh Taylor and Californian WBC and WBO title holder Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas.
We had an excellent struggle between undefeated champions within the Brandon Figueroa vs Luis Nery conflict final weekend, and we’ve got one other one tonight (early Sunday morning within the UK) when Scotland’s Josh Taylor faces California’s Jose Ramirez in a 140-pound title unification match-up.
That is pretty much as good because it will get for struggle followers. The southpaw “Tartan Twister” Taylor is the slight favorite (4/9 or -250 at Betfred) however Ramirez is as robust and gutsy as they arrive and will probably be in there battling it out in each spherical. At residence, with a Scottish crowd roaring assist, Taylor can be a reasonably easy choose, however the Las Vegas web site makes this a more in-depth name.
Every man is tall, rangy and technically sound. These are well-schooled boxers. Every competed within the London Olympics however failed to achieve the medal spherical.
Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) is 30, whereas Ramirez (26-0, 13 KOs) is 28. These are fighters who’ve proven they’ll dig down and discover a option to win in 12-round title fights. Taylor gritted out a hard-fought resolution over the damaging Regis Prograis regardless of one eye swelling shut by the later rounds and he outfought heavy-handed Ivan Baranchyk, whereas Ramirez staged an enormous last-round end to eke out shut wins over Jose Zepeda and Viktor Postol and got here via a few torrid rounds to overpower Maurice Hooker within the sixth.
If you happen to go by the so-called kind line, Taylor needs to be the choose as a result of he soundly defeated Viktor Postol, even scoring a knockdown, whereas Ramirez was barely capable of get previous the lengthy and lanky Ukrainian boxer. Additionally, Jose Zepeda’s southpaw stance and deft counter punching gave Ramirez all types of hassle, which suggests Taylor’s left-handed stance may very well be an element
But it surely’s at all times a case of various types, totally different fights — and totally different nights, come to that. Ramirez regarded a bit “flat” towards Zepeda and Postol, bouts he was closely favoured to win. However, for the primary time, he’s coming in because the underdog towards Taylor. This might see Ramirez produce an impressed, career-best efficiency.
We all know that Ramirez will probably be seeking to push Taylor again and overwhelm him with educated strain and a excessive quantity of punches. That’s Ramirez’ type and it’s been perfected below the steering of Robert Garcia, the previous champion who’s one among boxing’s high trainers.
Taylor’s coach, Ben Davison, will doubtless have the Scottish boxer hitting and shifting but additionally standing and combating in spots. And Taylor does appear to have extra dimensions than Ramirez. Taylor is ready to use a “boxing” type or robust it out on the within whereas Ramirez is extra of an easy fighter though, clearly, superb at what he does.
Each males regarded in good trim on the weigh-in. There was an change of phrases, as there had been on the last press convention. It worries me a bit that Taylor has been getting in Ramirez’ face. If it’s an try at intimidation, it might backfire as a result of Ramirez is a tough-minded particular person who though normally low-key appears to have developed a slow-burning animosity in the direction of Taylor.
That is Taylor’s first large struggle in Las Vegas (he did win a down-the-bill eight-rounder on the MGM Grand 4 years in the past) and I concern he may very well be placing pointless strain on himself by promising a KO win. It additionally issues me that he may be needlessly burning up nervous vitality together with his confrontational strategy. Ramirez has a way more laid-back perspective.
Nonetheless, all this stated, I do imagine Taylor is the higher fighter. However laying a worth of -250 isn’t interesting. Ramirez is the sort who will keep it up, regardless of how tough issues may grow to be, and he will probably be making an attempt to win and, importantly, believing that he’s going to win, till the very finish. So, whereas I’m leaning in the direction of Taylor, I’m not wild in regards to the adverse odds.
Taylor by resolution isn’t too badly priced at 11/10 (-110) however The Tartan Twister is adamant that he’s going to get Ramirez out of there contained in the scheduled 12 rounds. If you happen to suppose he can certainly get the stoppage, the Taylor KO TKO DQ prop will curiosity you at 15/4 (+375).
Ramirez is accessible at 2/1 (+200) at Betfred for many who imagine the Mexican-American champion is a reside underdog. If you happen to suppose the struggle will go the gap however aren’t certain who will win, the “Distance — Sure” proposition is obtainable at 4/11 (-275) at Betfred, with a worth of +200 for the struggle not to achieve the ultimate bell.
Really, taking a shot on the struggle not going the gap may be value contemplating as a result of this might develop right into a battle, with some fierce exchanges. As a price wager, I like the concept of “Distance — No” as a result of Taylor has avowed he’ll be gunning for the KO and Ramirez is the sort who received’t again down.
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