Taylor, a 2012 Olympian, has been fast-tracked through the professional ranks and has amassed an impressive record, defeating the likes of Viktor Postol, Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis to claim the IBF and WBA world titles. The winner of tonight’s bout will become only the fifth male undisputed champion in the four-belt era and Taylor, who has become increasingly fiery during fight week, shoving Ramirez after yesterday’s weigh-in, has promised to deliver a career-best performance. “I’ve had good performances but still don’t believe I’ve boxed to the best of my ability,” he said. “I’ve not reached my full potential yet. When I fought Ivan Baranchyk, I could have made that fight so much easier. I could have changed up the tactics a little bit in the Regis Prograis fight as well and won that a little bit easier too.”
Ramirez will provide another stern test, though, and boasts a stellar amateur pedigree himself, too, having also competed at the 2012 Games in London. He is the more experienced professional of the pair and unified the WBO and WBC titles against Maurice Hooker in 2019 and his aggressive come-forward style all but guarantees a thrilling fight. Follow all the action live below:
Steve Bunce’s big fight preview: History beckons in a fight for all ages
It didn’t take long for the two to see sparks fly – Taylor got physical in the halls after the weigh-in.
Andrew Gamble23 May 2021 01:06
Josh Taylor stats
As for the Scot, he’s looking to move closer a step closer to 20 fights undefeated.
Andrew Gamble23 May 2021 00:58
Jose Ramirez statistics
The American is undefeated across his 26 fights.
Andrew Gamble23 May 2021 00:53
Ramirez speaks to the Independent
“When a group of people, immigrants, I think people misunderstand when they think about our culture, just people from Mexico, but they come from all over the place. We have farmers from Italy, Portugal, Armenia, we have hard-working people from Central America, South America, who make it over here to work.
“I fight for the immigrants, when they see a world champion, undefeated, leading the way, they seem to be more hopeful. It motivates me to stay undefeated and stay at this level of competition. If that brings more hope to them, then I’ll do my best to stay at this level.”
Andrew Gamble23 May 2021 00:40
How to watch the fight?
Fight time, where to watch, odds, the undercard and all the other details you need to know – all in one place.
Andrew Gamble23 May 2021 00:22
TAYLOR BIDS TO BECOME UNDISPUTED CHAMPION
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez meet in Las Vegas with all four belts in the 140lbs division on the line.
Andrew Gamble22 May 2021 12:29