Story by: Chip Mitchell & Vardon Roberts
Jose Carlos “Jaguar” Ramirez and Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor will square off for the hard-to-earn title of Undisputed! This matchup will be for the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Organization, World Boxing Association Super, and International Boxing Federation World junior welterweight (super lightweight) titles.
Both combatants come in with undefeated records as the UK-based Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs), and Avenal, California’s Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) give fans 2021’s best matchup. The bout will take place in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 22, 2021. The card will take place Live, on ESPN and ESPN+.
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Also on the card will be hard-hitting Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KOs) and unbeaten knockout artist Lindolfo Garza (11-0, 11 KOs).
Let’s check out the tale of the tape:
|Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor||Jose Carlos “Jaguar” Ramirez|
|Record||17-0 (13 KOs)||26-0 (17 KOs)|
Josh Taylor can box and he’s slick. He can fight as well as box. Taylor also has a strong amateur background that has served him well. Taylor has an edge in height and reach that will serve him well. Taylor is also much stronger than he appears. If this becomes an inside fight, Taylor may have more than Ramirez expects.
Jose Carlos Ramirez is a strong fighter. He also excels with pressure and angles. His combination punching after applying pressure may be his biggest strength. He also has a fantastic left hook and does well punching to the body. He’s an excellent inside fighter.
For Taylor, sometimes he deviates from the game plan of being slick. He likes to get flatfooted, remain in the pocket, and not move his head. Standing and trading makes him more susceptible to be hit.
For Ramirez, he’ll take shots sometimes to land his. He can also be out-boxed at times.
I like Josh Taylor in this fight. He’s a little too slick and crafty for Ramirez. He can box! Go back to his last big fight and what he did to Regis Prograis. Well Jose Ramirez can’t move like Regis. I think Josh’s length and elusiveness means he’ll get hit less than Ramirez in this fight. I believe from a skill level, Taylor will present something Ramirez hasn’t seen.
Once he gets his timing down, he’s going to consistently pick Ramirez off as he comes straight in. I wouldn’t be surprised is he busted Ramirez up. So I’ll go unanimous decision for Taylor with maybe a stoppage from accumulation.
I’m going with the upset and taking Jose Carlos Ramirez. I believe his accuracy and body punching will wear Taylor down a little in the second half of the fight. Ramirez wants to mix it up, but I also believe Taylor wants to at times. It’s in his DNA. It will contribute just enough to his downfall in this one. Taylor will start out strong and out-box Ramirez with his southpaw jab and savvy footwork.
Jose’s superior work-rate is phenomenal. He will dictate the pace of the fight and carry the fight fast, especially inside. When he does he’ll find Josh to be stronger than he thinks. However, that style still up Ramirez’s alley. He’s a human-truth-telling-machine and the pressure he applies is crazy. Jose will rally late and land telling shots. He’ll take some hits, but this kid is ready and I like the upset here.