Josh Taylor isn’t overly concerned about who will score the most important fight of his career.
The Scottish southpaw will oppose an unbeaten American champion May 22 in Las Vegas, yet Taylor is confident he’ll be treated appropriately by whichever judges are assigned to his showdown with Jose Ramirez. Besides, there’s a realistic chance, according to Taylor, that their 12-round, 140-pound title unification fight never reaches the scorecards.
“I hundred-percent believe he’s there to be knocked out,” Taylor told BoxingScene.com. “He leaves it all in the ring and he comes to fight, so I do believe that he’s there to be hit. And obviously, I come to fight as well, so it’s got the makings of an absolute firefight. It’s gonna be some exciting fight for sure.”
Taylor-Ramirez will be televised live by ESPN and ESPN Deportes. ESPN+ also will stream their main event live.
Ramirez and Taylor will fight for Taylor’s IBF and WBA belts and Ramirez’s WBC and WBO championships at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The 28-year-old Ramirez has fought in Las Vegas seven times, including his most recent bout – a 12-round, majority-decision victory over Ukraine’s Viktor Postol. Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs), of Avenal, California, topped Postol (31-3, 12 KOs), who was the mandatory challenger for his WBC crown, on two scorecards August 29 at MGM Grand Conference Center (116-112, 115-113, 114-114).
The 30-year-old Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) has boxed only once in Las Vegas, in a tune-up fight four years ago. Taylor’s nine fights since that eight-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Mexico’s Alfonso Olvera in January 2017 have taken place either in his native Scotland (Glasgow or Edinburgh) or London.
Taylor still isn’t worried about the biggest bout of his career being brought to American soil.
“I’ll leave that to my management team, but I’m not too bothered about it,” Taylor said in reference to the selection of judges for the Ramirez match. “I believe I’m gonna win this fight hands down, anyway. So, I’m not too bothered about the judges. You know, even if it is all American judges or whatever, I’ll leave that in my management’s hands to sort all that out for me. But I am more than confident that I am gonna win this fight. I believe in myself 100 percent, so I have no doubt that no matter what judges we have, it doesn’t matter who it is. I’m gonna be victorious anyway.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.