IBF, WBA junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor is getting ready for his upcoming full division unification with WBC, WBO world champion Jose Ramirez.
The competition is scheduled to happen on Could 22, probably at a venue in Las Vegas.
“I knew I didn’t need to begin my skilled profession and combat 5, 10, 15 journeymen. I assumed that may be going again a few ranges,’ Taylor advised Metro.co.uk.
“As soon as they’d seen my expertise within the fitness center and what I used to be doing in sparring towards skilled execs and the performances in my early fights, everybody began to consider in what I used to be saying. That was the route me and my workforce needed, go quick and progress rapidly.
“To consider I might be unified world champion, about to be undisputed in 18 fights, I positively didn’t assume it will occur this fast.”
The competition with Ramirez would be the hardest bout for Taylor since his victory over Regis Prograis in 2019.
“All I can say is, tactically, Prograis was a troublesome combat, a extra advanced combat,” Taylor stated.
“I believe this one is a little more straight ahead tactically in the way in which it’s going to go in phrases my type, the way in which I combat and the way in which he fights. We each come to combat, to depart all of it within the ring. So it’s got the makings to be a fireplace combat, it’s acquired the makings to be very thrilling whereas it lasts.”
A victory over Ramirez would give Taylor two potentialities, however he admits the welterweight division is definitely in his future.
Ought to he win, Taylor would both make a compulsory protection towards Jack Catterall – or make a direct transfer to welterweight, the place a combat is feasible with WBO champion Terence Crawford.
“I wish to stick with my phrase and combat Jack subsequent but when a much bigger alternative comes about subsequent, I’ll take it with each fingers,’ Taylor stated.
“I already really feel I’m one of the best on this division anyway. However once I win this combat, I’ve nothing else to show on the weight class. I’ve proved I’m one of the best and proved I’m world class time and time once more.
“So it’s about setting new objectives and new targets, changing into a two-weight world champion possibly at welterweight. However we don’t know what is going to occur. We’ll see what comes my approach. And to begin with, I have to beat Ramirez so I’m not even desirous about what’s taking place subsequent, the one factor I’m desirous about is Jose Ramirez on Could 22.
“Terence Crawford appears to be having a nightmare getting an opponent at the moment. However I might take that combat in a heartbeat. If he’s struggling for a dance accomplice I’ll do the tango with him, no drawback.”