UPDATE: Top Rank Boxing has announced that Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez is official.
Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez are finally set for a title unification bout.
Mike Coppinger of The Athletic reports that Taylor and Ramirez have signed on for a May 22 showdown. The bout is set to be held in Las Vegas. The plan is for fans to be in attendance.
Sources: The highly anticipated undisputed junior welterweight title fight between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez is signed and set for May 22 in Las Vegas. Big ESPN fight. Can’t wait for this one. Two undefeated fighters, all four belts. Free to read!https://t.co/TSYvOfh2Qk
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) March 2, 2021
“Sources: The highly anticipated undisputed junior welterweight title fight between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez is signed and set for May 22 in Las Vegas. Big ESPN fight. Can’t wait for this one. Two undefeated fighters, all four belts.”
Taylor is the WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring Light-Welterweight Champion. Ramirez holds the WBC and WBO gold. There was initially some doubt over the title unification bout due to Jack Catterall’s mandatory WBO status. Ultimately, Catterall agreed to step aside for the bout to take place.
Taylor hasn’t been shy in expressing his belief that he’ll emerge victorious over Ramirez. Here’s what he told BT Sport back in September 2020.
“I thought in the Postol fight, it wasn’t a very good performance at all. I do feel he can perform better than that, given the circumstances, but I wasn’t impressed with what I seen from him. I want that fight now. I believe I’ll whoop his ass all day long. I just believe I’ve got the better of him. I’ve never seen anything from him that I haven’t seen before. So yeah, I want that fight as soon as possible.”
Ramirez has made it clear that he wasn’t exactly clamoring to see Taylor’s last title defense against Apinun Khongsong when speaking to Boxing Scene.
“I didn’t see the fight but apparently there was nothing to see.”