Josh Taylor vs Jose Carlos Ramirez: Tartan Tornado to breeze to the top of the division

Boxer Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor, the fighting pride of Scotland, goes stateside in search of glory

Josh Taylor faces the biggest fight of his career and, possibly, the biggest in Scottish boxing history. Will he win and dominate the division? Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse looks through the betting...

"With both fighters unbeaten and aiming to unify the belts, it’ll be a thrilling contest from the opening bell."

Josh Taylor vs Jose Carlos Ramirez
Sunday, 05:00
Live on ESPN

America is waiting

Undefeated Scotsman Josh Taylor travels to America for a unification bout with fellow super lightweight world champion Jose Carlos Ramirez. Virgin Hotel Las Vegas plays host to this super-fight that will decide the ruler of the division.

It's not often we see two unbeaten world champions put their records and belts on the line, so these warriors deserve credit. The winner of this bout will become a global sensation, recognised as one of the best in boxing. But which star will grab his chance?

This bout has captured the imagination of not just boxing fans but also boxing bettors. The Betfair Exchange is packed with exciting markets, and you can make your predictions now.

Taylor aiming for the top spot

Taylor may have only 17 fights on his professional record, but the Commonwealth Games gold medallist has already established himself as one of the top talents in British boxing. The Edinburgh fighter is ranked number one in the UK and, somewhat surprisingly, number three in the world. The list is topped by Regis Prograis ahead of Ramirez and Taylor. That's the same Prograis that Josh defeated in the final of the World Boxing Super Series.

The Scotsman knows if he can win this weekend, he will cement himself as the division's star, beating his two main rivals. His grip over super lightweight may be so tight he could be forced to move up a category and mix it with the headline names of welterweight. The performance isn't as important as the result here.

The pre-fight betting on the Betfair Exchange has Taylor priced at 1.548/15 to win. There's more to be had in the method of victory market. Taylor by KO/TKO is 4.84/1, or you can back him for a third points win in four at 1.9110/11.

The more experienced fighter

California's Ramirez knows the only thing standing between him and domination is the boy from Prestonpans. The American ducks between the ropes as the more experienced fighter as a professional with a 26-0-0 record. Of his wins, Jaguar has claimed 17 by knockout. He is the current owner of the WBC and WBO world titles, having beaten Maurice Hooker in six rounds two summers ago.

Since that career highlight win in Texas, Jose has boxed only once, but it was a winning appearance over a respected opponent. He defended his titles from the challenge of the experienced Viktor Postol at the MGM Grand in Sin City last August. That bout went to points with Ramirez nicking a tight majority decision. The scorecards that evening read 115-113, 114-114, 116-112.

Ramirez will be eager to impress on the biggest night of his career with a proud unbeaten record and fighting in his home nation. The current betting on the Betfair Exchange has Ramirez at 3.259/4 with the points verdict 4.1. A KO/TKO is thought to be unlikely, with an eye-catching 7.26/1 up for grabs.

Taylor to show his class

This is a fantastic match-up and will be one for the boxing purists amongst us. With both fighters unbeaten and aiming to unify the belts, it'll be a thrilling contest from the opening bell. Get settled early as the styles ensure it'll catch fire.

Taylor has already beaten Prograis, who is ranked higher than Ramirez. The Scotsman also had no trouble beating Postol after only 13 fights. Styles make fights, of course, but that leapt off the page when previewing.

This is a difficult one to call. As an experienced bettor, the temptation is there to go with the bigger price in what looks a 50/50. But as a boxing fan, how could you oppose Taylor? He's just too good. Take the Scot to show his class and score a points win.

The face-off was fiery with Taylor and Ramirez held apart at one stage before the Scotsman engaged in a war of words with the American's coach. Taylor looked to be desperate to make a statement. The 2.75 on the sportsbook for Ramirez to be knocked down at any stage of the fight is worth a shot.

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