Boxing expert Peter Morris has two tips for Taylor vs Ramirez on Saturday.
Sunday 04:00 - Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez
It’s a shame that Josh Taylor’s clash with Jose Ramirez does not have the widespread appeal that it deserves in the UK, because it’s just about as big a fight involving a Brit as we can expect this year (barring the Fury Joshua elephant in the room). Josh Taylor is arguably the best boxer in the UK and his bout with Jose Ramirez is for all the belts, to become the undisputed top-dog at light welterweight. Not only is there history and championships on the line, but the fight should be an absolute cracker. Taylor has shown that he brings the goods on the big occasion, with his unification bout with Regis Prograis one of the best fights of the year. Ramirez is his equal in that respect, with his unification bout with Maurice Hooker in 2019 a great fight with great action from the very start. Both the men love to fight, and it should make for a brilliant undisputed fight.
The bookmakers generally have Taylor around the 2/5 favourite mark, implying a 70% chance of victory. It’s hard to argue that Taylor shouldn’t be the favourite considering his recent performances against Baranchyk and Prograis, however, a 70% chance looks a bit too generous and his odds are too short to be appealing considering Ramirez is a top class champion himself. There are in fact plenty of people who think Ramirez is going to be too much of a handful for Taylor. The American Mexican is an all action pressure fighter. He likes to box on the front foot and constantly put his opponent under pressure. He throws good body shots and has a particularly nasty lead left hook that took out Maurice Hooker.
However, Ramirez does have plenty of weaknesses that Taylor can exploit, in particular Ramirez is generally there to be hit. His come forward style often comes at the expense of his defensive shape and he often relies on his strength and resilience to bail him out. Taylor is a very accurate puncher, and if he begins to find a home for his power punches, he could make it a very tough night for Ramirez. Furthermore, Taylor is a more rounded fighter with a greater variety of styles. He could box Ramirez on the outside and use his feet and head movement to evade the Mexican’s pressure, but Taylor is himself a very good inside fighter. He is very strong physically and very durable, and he won’t allow himself to be bullied. Both Baranchyk and Prograis were tipped to have the edge on Taylor in close, but in both those fights Taylor was effective and had success working on the inside.
Taylor’s outright price is not appealing, but you can almost double your money backing him to win a decision. 10/11 is the best price available on him to win on points and, with his more complete style, it looks like a reasonably solid bet. It’s also worth backing Taylor to win inside the distance as a small side bet. His accuracy is likely to swing things in his favour and it’s not beyond the imagination that he will slowly breakdown Ramirez and stop him in the second half of the fight. The Scotsman is 7/1 to win in rounds 7-12.