A contest for the undisputed super lightweight title between José Ramírez, and Josh Taylor, fight May 22, at a venue to be announced, is generating sparks of anticipation.
The winner of Ramírez vs. Taylor will become the second undisputed super lightweight champion, after Terence “Bud” Crawford.
“This is the best boxing has to offer. Two elite fighters in the prime of their careers colliding in a showdown that will define the undisputed world championship legacy. It is a true 50-50 fight, one that the fans and both fighters asked for,” commented promoter Bob Arum.
Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) has been a world champion since March 2018, when he ousted Amir Imam by unanimous decision to win the WBC crown. After four successful defences, he knocked out WBO champion Maurice Hooker in July 2019, subsequently defending his world titles by defeating Ukrainian Viktor Postol.
Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) fought as a lightweight at the 2012 London Olympics, where he advanced to the knockout stages. While he didn’t turn pro until 2015, he won the 140-pound Commonwealth title in just his seventh professional fight. Taylor ousted Postol by unanimous decision in 2018 and won the IBF world title the following year with a decision over Ivan Baranchyk.
The Scot unified the IBF and WBA titles in October 2019, defeating Regis Prograis by majority decision in an intense slugfest. He made the first defence as a unified champion last September, stopping mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong in the first round. Taylor hopes to make history as the first undisputed champion from Bonnie Scotland.
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