The junior welterweight undisputed fight between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez is coming up on 22 May. It will likely be one of the premier fights of 2021. Not only the four belts are on the line, but also the two fighters are at their prime. It is very hard to pick the potential winner. Thus, it is almost a 50-50 fight, as per our Taylor vs Ramirez betting preview.
One of the best fights boxing has to offer at this point has been confirmed for 22 May at a venue yet to be determined. Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez promises to be an explosive event with all of the IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO belts are on the line. The fight will define the two fighters and will write history. Only one fighter Terence Crawford became the undisputed champion at 140 pounds.
So, who is about to become the second-ever junior welterweight undisputed champion? As online sportsbooks in the United Kingdom suggest, Taylor is the slight favorite. But, in our Taylor vs Ramirez betting review, it is more of a 50-50 fight. Both opponents are elite fighters. Each opponent holds two belts. What is more, they are at their prime. So, it can easily go either way.
Taylor hopes to write history for his country
The Scottish 30-year-old southpaw Josh Taylor hopes to become the first undisputed champion at 140 pounds. He won the IBF belt with a decision over Ivan Baranchyk in May 2019. Later in the same year, Taylor unified the IBF and WBA titles with a win over Regis Prograis by majority decision. Last year he fought only once, defending his belts against Apinun Khongsong, with the first-round KO.
Taylor has a perfect record of 17-0, with 13 KOs. He is a solid fighter with top talents. Most likely his 1.44 odds at Bet365 Sportsbook are based on his special KO of Khongsong with the first-round body shot. However, we shall expect a fight on a completely different level from Ramirez. The one that can produce an upset if Taylor is not at his 100 percent.
Ramirez has all that it takes to become the undisputed
The California native of Mexican descent Jose Ramirez had also only one fight in 2020. It was a majority decision win against the former world champion Viktor Postol in Las Vegas in August. Ramirez captured the WBC title with a win over Amir Imam by unanimous decision in 2018. He came back with another world title win in 2019 with a KO of Maurice Hooker to capture the WBO belt.
Ramirez, 28, holds an impressive record of 26-0, with 17 KOs. Most online sportsbook news sites in the United Kingdom perceive him as an extremely tough and entertaining fighter. However, in his last fight against Postol, he appeared struggling. Therefore, he is the underdog against Taylor with a 2.62 value. But, you should keep in mind that Postol only lost to Taylor and Crawford before losing to Ramirez. So, yes Ramirez struggled but gained a lot of experience. Thus, he can be very dangerous according to our Taylor vs Ramirez betting preview.