SCOTLAND’S unified IBF and WBA super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor will fight Jose Ramirez, the holder of the WBC and WBO belts, for the division’s undisputed crown on May 22.
Top Rank promote, ESPN televise in the US and while the location is still to be confirmed it’s expected that fans will be able to attend by the time the contest takes place.
“It’s mouth-watering. It’s the stuff dreams are made of,” Taylor previously told Boxing News.
Ramirez’s last fight, against mutual opponent Postol, only gives Taylor more confidence. “I watched the fight. I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw. I thought Postol had a very good fight. I scored the fight a draw myself. I thought it was a very good performance from Postol, not so good from Ramirez. I think he probably can perform a little bit better than that. I wasn’t impressed with what I saw so I’m quite happy,” Josh said.
Ramirez though is a man on a mission. “I look forward to making history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to hold all four major world title belts,” he stated. “I dedicate this fight to the Central Valley farm workers, who are out there every day helping feed the world. This fight is big, but nothing is bigger than getting vaccinations to the farm workers right now in the Central Valley.”
Promoter Bob Arum added, “This is the best boxing has to offer, two elite fighters in the prime of their careers colliding in a legacy-defining matchup for the undisputed championship of the world. It’s a true 50-50 fight, one that the fans and both fighters demanded.”