October 21, 2021

Josh Taylor on Ramirez: I’ve Trained My Whole Life For This Moment

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Josh Taylor continues to prepare himself for the biggest fight of his pro career, which takes place on May 22 in Las Vegas.

Taylor will collide with Jose Ramirez in a battle of unbeatens – with the IBF, WBA, WBO, WBC world titles at stake.

A victory would make Taylor the first Scottish boxer to unify all four of the major sanctioning body titles. Only a few male fighters have been able to hold all four of those belts – with only Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk holding all four belts simultaneously.

“I don’t feel any pressure. I don’t see how there could be any pressure. I have trained my whole life for this moment,” Taylor told the Eastlothian Courier.

“It is a dream fight and if you ask any fighter on the planet if they would love to be a part of a fight like this – it is most fighters’ dream. There is no pressure at all and I am going to enjoy the occasion and the opportunity to be the first Scotsman to do it.”

Taylor has been on a huge run at junior welterweight, with big wins over Ivan Baranchyk to capture the IBF title and then a win over Regis Prograis to secure the WBA title – and a big trophy for winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament at 140.

He would have loved to face Ramirez at home, but embraces the opportunity to do it in Las Vegas.

“I would love it to be Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road or even The SSE Hydro. It would have been brilliant to have it over here but every fighter dreams of seeing their name in the bright lights at Las Vegas or at Madison Square Garden in New York. I’m absolutely delighted it is over there – it is a fight that dreams are made of,” Taylor said.

“I have got the bit between my teeth and cannot wait to get in there. Already, I am really buzzing. It is a dream fight, the jackpot of fights. You don’t get fights like this coming along very often for all the belts.

“It is the biggest fight out there and really the biggest fight of my career. I have worked towards this my whole adult life and I am absolutely buzzing.”