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Josh Taylor: I'm Really Confident I'll Knock Ramirez Out, Take All The Belts

Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez must make mandatory defenses of their titles before their promoter, Bob Arum, can put together the 140-pound championship unification bout both boxers want.

Taylor isn’t just confident that he would win that fight for full supremacy in the junior welterweight division. The Scottish southpaw is certain he would knock out the unbeaten Ramirez.

“I think Ramirez is tailor-made for my style as well,” Taylor told BT Sport during a recent interview. “He comes to fight and tries to put pressure on you, and I love that as well. I think I can knock Ramirez out and take all the belts. I’m really confident in doing that, to be honest.”

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The 27-year-old Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs), of Avenal, California, is expected to make a mandated defense of his WBC super lightweight title versus Ukraine’s Viktor Postol (31-2, 12 KOs) late this summer at a site to be determined. The Ramirez-Postol fight already has been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 29-year-old Taylor, meanwhile, has begun training again for a fight with Thailand’s Apinun Khongsong. Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) and Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs), the IBF’s number one challenger for Taylor’s junior welterweight title, were supposed to meet May 2 at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, but their fight also was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor, who owns the WBA super lightweight crown as well, believes he has established himself as the best boxer within the 140-pound division. He added the WBA belt to his IBF championship when he edged Regis Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) by majority decision in his last fight, a 12-rounder October 26 at O2 Arena in London.

“I think I’m number one [in the division] at the moment,” Taylor said. “I’ve always believed that I’m world class. I’ve always believed that I’m the best. I’m willing to prove it, and people are starting to believe that as well [from] my recent performances. So, yeah, I’ve always believed I’m the number one in the division for a year or two now. So, it’s just proving it now and getting that Ramirez fight.”

Ramirez also holds the WBO junior welterweight championship. He added that title to his WBC crown last July 27, when he stopped previously unbeaten Maurice Hooker (27-1-3, 18 KOs) in the sixth round at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by petero on 07-12-2020

[QUOTE=mlac;20651220]:lol1: :lol1: [MENTION=163400]1hourRun[/MENTION] you gonna let him do you like that ellie?[/QUOTE] Yeah he gets done every time because he never has a comeback when I call him on his pathetic nonsense. He doesn't like my comments but he is…

Comment by jackblack008 on 07-11-2020

[QUOTE=SouthPawHitman;20651236]Ramirez good but Josh Taylor the GOAT[/QUOTE] Everyone Gangsta till Mikey Garcia walks in 140

Comment by Rustyman on 07-11-2020

Two good fighters but I am going for Ramirez on points. I think it will pan out similar to the Prograis fight but being in America, I think Ramirez will get the nod. I thought Prograis could also have gotten…

Comment by 1hourRun on 07-10-2020

[QUOTE=mlac;20651220]:lol1: :lol1: [MENTION=163400]1hourRun[/MENTION] you gonna let him do you like that ellie?[/QUOTE] I move when I want to move. Peter Fury/petero knows I'm the A-side.

Comment by SouthPawHitman on 07-10-2020

Ramirez good but Josh Taylor the GOAT

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