This Saturday on May 22, Toprank Boxing and ESPN will be staging the undisputed clash between the “Tartan Tornado” Josh Taylor and the Mexican Warrior Jose Ramirez for the WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC & Ring Magazine belt to reign supreme over the light-welterweight division.
This is the biggest fight boxing has to offer in 2021 which involves two elite fighters in their prime that have already cemented their legacy in their respective division, but after Saturday could cement their legacy in boxing becoming only the 5th boxer to simultaneously hold all 4 belts.
Taylor’s path to glory!
Today Josh Taylor is Scotland’s most renowned fighter, but the fighter has paved the way for him was none other than the only former Scottish undisputed champion Ken Buchanan, who Taylor admired at a very young age and inspired him to take on Boxing in the first place.
Taylor created his own path to greatness by displaying his formidable punching power and tricky southpaw boxing stance, where he quickly established a boxing record of 14 wins with 12 knockouts. In the World Boxing Super Series, he proceeded to the semifinal to face undefeated IBF world champion Ivan “the beast” Baranchyk whom he managed to beat via unanimous decision, scoring two knockdowns during the fight.
Five months after he was mandated to face undefeated WBA champion from the U.S Regis Prograis for the Muhammad Ali trophy and Ring Magazine belt. After a gruelling 12 rounds and Taylor suffering a swollen eye, the Scotsman scraped a majority decision win victory becoming the number 1 in the division.
During the pandemic, Taylor matched up with Tyson Fury’s former trainer Ben Davison and he got the opportunity to defend his belts against Khongsong whom he finished him off in the 1st round with a brutal body-shot putting his record to 17-0 with 14 KO’s!
Jose Ramirez & his road to success
Jose Ramirez was an Olympic boxer back in 2012 for the U.S national team and was ranked as the number 1 lightweight in the United States at the time, but he unfortunately lost in the round of 16 against highly decorated amateur Fazliddin Gaibnazarov.
After that loss, Ramirez decided to move to the professional ranks and teamed up with one of boxing’s most prestigious coaches Freddie Roach, and then be solely trained by Robert Garcia after winning the vacant WBC title.
July 2019 Ramirez fought Maurice Hooker in a title unification bout and was considered on of the fights of the year.
Ramirez put relentless pressure on him until the 7th round finishing Hooker off with a destructive left hook and a multitude of punches to the head. Ramirez’ abiding pressure, punching power, and inside style of fighting made him accumulate an astounding record of 26-0 with 17 KO’s.
The fight could be one for the record books and the winner will precipitously enhance his stake making the champion a massive draw in the boxing world. Furthermore there will be various options to choose from such as defending all the belts against mandatory Jack Catterall, moving up to the welterweight division and challenge one of the champions, or even fight other big draws that generate the most money in Boxing.