Josh Taylor has described this weekend’s undisputed showdown with Jose Ramirez as a “dream come true”.
The unbeaten 30-year-old puts his IBF, WBA and RING magazine super lightweight titles up for grabs while Ramirez will stake his WBC and WBO championships in the winner takes all clash in Las Vegas.
Taylor is unbeaten in 17 fights and has had a meteoric rise since his professional debut in July 2015. His progress hasn’t surprised many, but the southpaw Scot felt the idea of becoming undisputed champion was a little bit farfetched.
“Those undisputed fights are very few and far between these days and it’s just a dream come true, it’s a massive fight. I didn’t think I’d be fighting to become undisputed world champion and certainly not as quickly as this,” Taylor told the PA News Agency.
“If I pull this win off, which I believe I’m 100 per cent going to do, achievement-wise it’s going to be up there with the best of them. It would be a massive achievement to cement my name and legacy in the history books.”
Taylor praised Ramirez renowned offensive tactics but believes his fellow champion was lucky in a couple of victories.
“It has the makings of a good fight, but I see a lot of things in his game that I can exploit.
“I don’t think he has fought the same level of opponent as myself in his career.
“He’s only boxed Maurice Hooker. He boxed Jose Zepeda and was very lucky to get away with the decision, he was very lucky to get away with the decision against Viktor Postol as well. I’ve not been too impressed with his form.”