Josh Taylor Believes Jose Ramirez Fight Should’ve Been Stopped In Seventh Round
Newly-minted undisputed junior-welterweight champion Josh Taylor thinks his bout with Jose Ramirez shouldn’t have gone the distance.
This past Saturday night, May 22, Taylor mixed it up with Ramirez inside Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada. Going into the bout, Taylor was the WBA, IBF, and The Ring Junior-Welterweight Champion. Ramirez held the WBC and WBO gold.
Taylor scored two knockdowns in the fight, one in the sixth round and one in the seventh. Those knockdowns helped Taylor secure the unanimous decision victory.
Speaking to reporters during the post-fight press conference, Taylor expressed his belief that referee Kenny Bayless took too long waiting for Ramirez to recover after the second knockdown and should’ve stopped the fight (h/t Charlotte Observer).
“I walked him into some good shots. I knew he would try for a left hook to the body or the right hook up to the head, the big right hook he’s very good at that. He left himself open, puts his head down and I took a step back and hit him with the uppercut.
“I actually think the referee gave him too much time. That should have been fight over.”
Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum expects to book Taylor against mandatory WBO Title challenger Jack Catterall. He’s hoping to hold the title fight in Scotland. If all goes well for Taylor, then he could be due for a massive fight against Terence Crawford or Teofimo Lopez.