Top Rank Boxing head honcho Bob Arum is making a strong push for pivotal bouts to be broadcast on the major ESPN network and Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor is on the docket.
Ramirez is the WBC and WBO Light-Welterweight Champion. On August 29, Ramirez will put his titles on the line against Viktor Postol. The bout will air live on ESPN+. If he can get past Postol, then Ramirez will likely be due for a major title unification showdown with WBA (Super) and IBF Light-Welterweight Champion Taylor. Of course, Taylor must also do his part against Apinun Khongsong on September 26.
Boxing Scene caught up with Arum ahead of this Saturday night’s card. The longtime promoter has big plans for Ramirez and Taylor if all goes according to plan.
“We’re moving a lot of the big fights to regular ESPN,” Arum said. “I expect we’ll have three or four big fights on ESPN this year, including Lomachenko-Lopez, possibly a Crawford fight, possibly Berchelt-Valdez and Ramirez-Taylor.”
Title unification bouts between two undefeated champions never fail to spark interest and that’s what fight fans could be getting before 2020 comes to a close. Ramirez’s record is perfect at 25-0. He is coming off a sixth-round TKO victory over Maurice Hooker back on July 27, 2019. This win earned Ramirez the WBO Light-Welterweight Championship.
Taylor’s record stands at 16-0. He captured the WBC (Super) Light-Welterweight Championship back on October 26, 2019. Taylor bested Regis Prograis via majority decision in the World Boxing Super Series finals.