Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez set to battle for junior welterweight supremacy!
Boxing fans who have been waiting for that marquee matchup of 2021 can now stop! IBF and WBA junior welterweight champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor will lock horns with WBO and WBC champion Jose “Jaguar” Ramirez in their highly anticipated bout for one true champ in the junior welterweight division!
Top Rank broke the news via social media.
The last undisputed champion at junior welterweight happened in August 2017. Current WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford destroyed then unified champ Julius Indongo in three rounds via a body shot! Before that, the division hadn’t crowned an undisputed champion since Hall of Fame inductee Kostya Tszyu defeated Zab Judah in November 2001!
This fight has been talked about for some time. It was always the goal to get these two in the ring together. Once Taylor signed a co-promotional pact with Top Rank it was almost a forgone conclusion this fight would happen. However, before they could get to this point they both had to overcome their fair share of obstacles.
ROAD TO UNDISPUTED: JOSH TAYLOR (17-0, 13KOs)
Taylor would acquire his two titles as a participant in the very popular World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament. He would pick up wins over Ryan Martin in the opening round, snatch the IBF title from Ivan Baranchyk in the semifinals and then go to war with the hard-hitting former WBA champion Regis Prograis. In that bout, he eked out a majority decision win to unify the IBF and WBA junior welterweight titles.
ROAD TO UNDISPUTED: JOSH TAYLOR (26-0, 17KOs)
Ramirez’ road this to this moment was equally challenging. He would win the vacant WBC title easily outpointing the hard-hitting Amir Imam in March 2018. After picking up back-to-back wins over Antonio Orozco and Jose Zepeda, he took on then WBO champ Maurice Hooker in a exciting acting filled unification bout. He walked away the new unified champion after stopping Hooker in six rounds.
In his last fight he would squeak by former WBC junior welterweight champion Vitor Postol by a majority decision.
The boxing world can now rejoice as one the major fights on the boxing “wish-list” has been signed, sealed and delivered! The fight will take place on May 22 live on ESPN with the location to be determined. 3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they become available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher