JOSH TAYLOR vs. JOSE RAMIREZ
Josh Taylor has stated that Jose Ramirez is vulnerable and quite easy to find – meaning he won’t have to go looking to land punches on him in the fight ahead of their huge undisputed showdown on Saturday.
IBF and WBA super-lightweight champion Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) faces WBC and WBO super-lightweight champion Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) this weekend, with the event taking place at Las Vegas’ newest world-class casino resort, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The event will be broadcast live on Fite TV in the UK and on ESPN in the USA, and Taylor spoke in-depth about the battle when taking part in a conference call this week.
Taylor said: “I’m nice and relaxed about this week and couldn’t be anymore prepared mentally and physically. I’m not wasting energy thinking about the fight, it’s just another day at the office. A lot of eyes are on me but I’m totally confident in myself.
“I think he’s vulnerable and quite easy to find. I won’t have to go looking for me to hit him, and I think that means it has all the makings of a barnburner because he comes to fight and I do too.
“I’ve never been so happy with a fight camp, and we’ve had a nice, long preparation for this. After my last fight I took a few weeks off and went home for Christmas, but I was always ticking over in the gym back home and then I’ve been back on it since New Year.
“I have trained diligently and sharply and I’ve got a great game plan. I’m used to the big stage as I’ve been on it since 2010 in the Commonwealth Games, the Olympic Games and on some big events as a professional. I thrive under the bright lights.
“This fight means the world to me. It is a massive piece of history for both of us and this gives me the chance to cement my name in boxing. I’m on the cusp of something great and having the fans there gives you that extra bit of butterflies too.
“It’s a shame that there can’t be more fans there, but they’ll just make it bigger better and special. They give you that extra fire and determination and I’m relishing this opportunity and can’t wait.”
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