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  • Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez predictions for Saturday’s WBC, WBA, IBF & WBO unification fight
  • Taylor & Ramirez are both undefeated
  • Taylor & Ramirez both hold two world titles
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Dan Hunter 21 May 2021
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Scotland’s Josh Taylor takes on Mexican-American Jose Ramirez for the undisputed junior welterweight in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 22. Taylor holds the IBF and WBA versions of the titles, while Ramirez is the WBC and WBO champion. Both men are undefeated. 

There are four internationally recognized boxing bodies, the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO. The World Boxing Association was formed in Panama in 1962, and the World Boxing Council was founded in Mexico the following year. In 1983 the International Boxing Federation was born, the only US based organization, and in 1988 the Puerto Rican-based World Boxing Organization became the fourth and final globally recognized world boxing body.
 
Only four men have held all four belts – Bernard Hopkins unified those titles at middleweight in 2004, and Jermain Taylor inherited all four belts when he defeated Hopkins in 2005. In 2017 Terence Crawford unified the light welterweight division before moving up to welterweight, and in 2018, Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine unified the cruiserweight titles – becoming the only non-American to win all four belts. 

Only Fifth 4-Belt World Champion 


On Saturday night Britain’s Josh Taylor will look to become only the fifth male fighter to win all four belts, the second at light welterweight and the second non-American. However, it’s hardly a foregone conclusion, his opponent Jose Ramirez appears to have the tools to give the Scotsman his toughest test yet. 


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In fact, after careful consideration I’m backing Jose Ramirez to defeat Josh Taylor and become the undisputed light welterweight champion on Saturday night. Taylor is a big admirer of Scottish boxing legend Ken Buchanan, but there are stark parallels between this fight and Buchanan’s 1972 bout against Roberto Duran, which the Scot lost on a 13th round TKO. 

Taylor is a slick boxer and as tough as they come, but Ramirez has that Duran-factor about him; he is relentless in his attacks, seems impervious to damage, and has the capacity to add real venom to his punches when needed. 

I see Ramirez and Taylor going toe-to-toe early in the fight and having many vicious exchanges before the Scot elects to try and box at a safe distance, but to no avail. Ramirez will keep the pressure on his opponent all night, winning this fight either on points or via a late TKO. I’m a big Taylor fan, but while my heart says Josh Taylor, my head says Jose Ramirez. 

  • Taylor is IBF & WBA 140lb champ
  • Taylor’s record is 17-0, 13 KO’s
  • Ramirez is WBC & WBO champ
  • Ramirez’s record is 26-0, 17 KO’s
 

Head to Head


This will be the first time Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez have fought each other either as professionals or amateurs. They do share a common opponent in Viktor Postol, the tall Ukrainian who once held the WBC 140-lb title. Taylor defeated Postol decisively on points in Glasgow in 2018, the year before he won his first world title. Ramirez beat Postol by a close majority decision in August 2020, his most recent fight. 

Josh Taylor Form 


Edinburgh’s 30-year old Josh Taylor (17-0, 13 KO’s) was a highly decorated amateur, competing in the 2012 Olympics, two European Championships, and winning gold and silver in two Commonwealth Games. Because of his extensive amateur background, Taylor has been fast-tracked since turning pro. 

Taylor turned professional in 2015, and in his 7th fight he KO’d Dave Ryan in 5 rounds to win the Commonwealth 140 lb title. In 2017 he stopped fellow UK prospect Ohara Davies in seven vicious rounds for the WBC Silver belt. His big win over Viktor Postol came next, with Taylor proving after just 12 fights that he was ready for the big time. 

In 2019, in his 15th bout, Taylor outpointed the unbeaten Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk to win the IBF light welterweight title. In his next fight Taylor took on the highly rated American Regis Prograis in a unification fight that was also the final of the World Boxing Super Series. Taylor won a close majority decision in his hardest fight, winning both Prograis’ WBA belt, as well as the prestigious Muhammad Ali Trophy. Since then, Taylor has boxed only once, stopping Apinun Khongsong in a round with a brutal body shot. 

Jose Ramirez Form


28-year old Jose Carlos Ramirez (26-0, 17 KO’s) still resides in his hometown of Avenal, California. Like Josh Taylor, Ramirez was a decorated amateur with an 85-8 record, and was a four-time US National Champion. Ramirez turned pro in 2012, and his management had him fighting every 2-3 months against moderate opposition. By the time he fought fellow unbeaten prospect Mike Reed in a big fight in 2017, Ramirez was 20-0. He knocked out Reed in two rounds in front of 16,000 fans and on national TV. 

In his next fight, Ramirez won his first world title, decisively outpointing fellow American Amir Ahmed Imam for the vacant WBC light welterweight title. After two defenses, in 2019 Ramirez took on by far his toughest test in the tall, hard hitting WBO champ Maurice Hooker in a unification bout. Hooker stood over 6’ tall with a phenomenal 80” reach, and his jab and straight right hand were a devastating combination. 

Many fighters would have approached such a stiff test with caution – not Ramirez. Attacking from the opening bell, within seconds Ramirez briefly floored Hooker with his trademark left hook. Ramirez was the aggressor throughout the next four rounds as both men traded bombs in a slugfest. A sudden, devastating combination of shots in the sixth had Hooker helpless, and Ramirez had won another world title. In his most recent bout, Ramirez scored a majority decision over the awkward, cagey Viktor Postol last year. 

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Verdict

Both Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez stand 5’10”, with the American enjoying a slight reach advantage. Taylor is a southpaw, while Ramirez boxes orthodox. If Taylor is a boxer-puncher, Ramirez could be called a puncher-boxer, as he loves to wade in, letting his left hook blast away to the head and body of an opponent.
 
However, Taylor is no pushover; he will stand his ground and fire back with interest. Both men have displayed excellent chins, although neither gets tagged much, and for all his aggression, Ramirez is adept at slipping punches.
 
In 1972, Scottish master boxer Ken Buchanan lost his world lightweight title to a 21-year old Roberto Duran via a 13th round TKO. I see a lot of similarities in this fight, and Ramirez has a similar intensity and ferocity to Duran. I’m backing Ramirez to win this via a close points’ decision, or a late round TKO, and become only the fifth undisputed world champion.
Best Bet: Ramirez Winner @220.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Ramirez by KO, TKO, DQ Method Of Victory @750.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Ramirez 9-12 Round Group Betting @1600.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Alternate Bet: Ramirez by Decision Method Of Victory @350.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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