When Could Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor Happen?
A potential title unification bout between Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor could still be on the horizon but patience is a virtue.
Many have been eagerly anticipating a title unification bout between Ramirez and Taylor. Ramirez holds the WBC and WBO Light-Welterweight Titles, while Taylor holds the WBA (Super) and IBF gold. There are some hurdles to get past but many agree that this is a big title fight to make between two undefeated champions.
Arum spoke to BoxingScene.com and he revealed that Ramirez vs. Taylor won’t be happening this year and that fans must be allowed back in arenas before it can come to fruition.
“The way we’re looking at it, there are other fights that would take precedence [over Ramirez-Taylor] this year. And for that fight, we would really need a robust audience to make it work, whether it was here [in the U.S.], or over in Scotland or London. We need an audience. We just can’t do that fight without an audience.”
Ramirez is coming off a majority decision victory over Viktor Postol to retain his WBC and WBO gold. The win improved “JCR’s” pro boxing record to 26-0.
As for Taylor, he’s got his own title defense coming up. He’ll put his gold up for grabs against Apinun Khongsong this Saturday, September 26. If he handles business, he’s hoping to meet Ramirez in the title unification bout.
One possible roadblock in the way of Ramirez vs. Taylor is the WBO mandatory status. Jack Catterall is the mandatory title challenger for Ramirez. The WBO has given Ramirez a 120-day window to fight Catterall.