Jose Ramirez fights Josh Taylor in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Who emerges victorious when these two step into the ring?
- Jose Ramirez vs Josh Taylor goes Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 at 8:00 PM EST
- Who emerges as the undisputed junior welterweight world champion?
- Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below
Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor will test skills inside Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ramirez vs Taylor broadcasts on ESPN.
This is a junior welterweight world championship unification fight that will lead to an undisputed champion. Ramirez enters the ring as the WBC and WBO champion while Taylor has a hold on the IBF and WBA gold.
Jose Ramirez vs Josh Taylor Odds
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The only person to become an undisputed champion in this weight category during the four-belt era is pound-for-pound elite, Terence Crawford.
The winner of this bout will emerge as the elite in their weight category and will be among the best in the sport today.
Jose Ramirez’s Championship Journey
Ramirez was a 2012 Olympian but after not medaling in the games, he pivoted towards a remarkable career as a pro.
Jose Ramirez captured his WBO belt in July 2019 when he stopped Maurice Hooker and handed Hooker the first stoppage loss of his career during the sixth round TKO.
Ramirez captured the WBC crown when he conquered Amir Ahmed Imam via unanimous decision in their March 2018 bout.
His last outing saw him best Viktor Postol via majority decision in a fight where many pundits and fans thought they saw holes in the game of Ramirez.
Jose Ramirez will look to encroach into close quarters and land powerful left hooks against a sweet science practitioner who is also widely known for his left hook.
Josh Taylor’s Road to Undisputed Glory
Taylor was also a 2012 Olympian, and he too has made a tremendously successful transition to professional competition.
Josh Taylor captured the IBF world title in his fight with Ivan Baranchyk and won via unanimous decision in May 2019.
Taylor wrested the WBA hardware from Regis Prograis in their polarizing October 2019 bout that resulted in a majority decision verdict that was deemed controversial by many.
Outside of maybe his overmatched mandatory contender in his last outing, one can rarely accuse The Tartan Tornado of facing softball caliber opponents.
Josh Talyor’s last five opponents have a combined record of 110-1. Jose Ramirez is Taylor’s fifth consecutive undefeated opponent. Impressive run.
— Dan Canobbio (@DanCanobbio) May 17, 2021
These 140 pounders have never tasted defeat as professional pugilists. Both warriors are in their respective primes and match up well on paper to provide a compelling contest for the public.
Taylor will look to showcase his fight IQ and utilize the sharp technique in his ringcraft, while Ramirez will look to have more of a pressure-minded, power-punching kind of approach.
Ramirez vs Taylor Tale of the Tape
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This prizefight is scheduled for twelve rounds, and I see the judges playing a role in the fight’s outcome here.
I think there’s value in going with prop bets on this contest going the distance (-305) and on Jose Ramirez winning on points (+350).
Pick: Jose Ramirez (+188)
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