Rick Ramos Wants Jessica McCaskill vs Katie Taylor Rematch At 145lbs Catchweight!
Coming off a huge victory over Cecilia Braekhus (36-1, 9 KOs) to capture the Women’s World Undisputed Welterweight title on August 15, Jessica “CasKilla” McCaskill (9-2, 3 KOs) may arguably be the most talked about fighter in Women’s boxing currently.
Now a unified champion in two divisions, the 35-year-old from Chicago is one of the “it” fighters in the sport.
Since the win, she has been making the media rounds. Recently she was interviewed on The Boxing Esq. Podcast With Kurt Emhoff. Appearing with her manager/trainer Rick Ramos, they discussed what’s next moving forward.
WHAT DIRECTION TO GO
There are two primary options on the table for the undisputed champ. Either a rematch with Braekhus or a super-fight against undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs). The two first met in December of 2017 where Taylor won a wide unanimous decision.
Ramos acknowledged there is a rematch clause with Braekhus and promoter Eddie Hearn is trying to push for the rerun in November or December. But if it were up to the manager/trainer, they would prefer another shot at Taylor.
“We have crazy momentum right now. I don’t think Cecilia has momentum right now and I think there’s doubt by the fans and the people about Cecilia’s will. So I think she’s obviously on the decline.
“I think the momentum is Katie and Jessica right now and Eddie will protect that momentum I hope, so we will see.”
THE WEIGHT-ING GAME
When asked further about fighting Taylor again and whether it could happen at the Lightweight limit of 135-pounds, Ramos makes one thing clear: if they meet again, the weight will be on their terms.
“I don’t know about Jess [McCaskill], but I am tired of giving Katie Taylor the upper hand. I would like Jessica to fight Katie at 145 pounds or higher.
“Us fighting at 135…Jessica could make it…but I don’t see that as smart business. I think if we fight her, we bring her up to a higher weight class. Katie doesn’t punch hard to begin with, so I think at 145 she will have zero power.
“She has been in wars. Her last three or four fights have been wars. And I don’t think she can be in a fifth war at 145 pounds with Jessica.
“I think Jessica stops her.”
The key to all of this lies at the feet of Braekhus who according to Ramos has two weeks to exercise a rematch clause. Whether it’s a rematch with Braekhus or with Taylor, the women’s boxing world is Team McCaskill’s oyster right now.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.