Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua isn’t the only undisputed fight on Top Rank’s docket. Bob Arum tells talkSPORT that he intends to stage the long-awaited super lightweight showdown between IBF/WBA champion Josh Taylor and WBC/WBO champion Jose Ramirez in the coming months.
“I advised Josh that the fight with Ramirez would be in the United States and would take place in early May. I had to get him busy getting his visa and all that sort of stuff because they told me Josh wants to arrive in the United States at least a month before that fight. He wants to train in our gym – the same gym Tyson Fury trained in.”
This fight has been brewing since Taylor (17-0, 13 KO), coming off an impressive run in the World Boxing Super Series, signed with Top Rank in January of last year. Two things ended up standing in the way: mandatory challengers and COVID. Taylor went on to utterly demolish Apinun Khongong in under three minutes, while Ramirez (26-0, 16 KO) saw two dates fall through before finally getting a chance to narrowly defeat Viktor Postol in August.
Even with tantalizing clashes like Miguel Berchelt vs. Oscar Valdez on the horizon, this one stands out. Both men are come-forward, tough-as-nails bruisers who’ve thoroughly established themselves as the cream of the crop at 140 pounds. Undisputed championships don’t get much better than this; let’s just hope Arum doesn’t try to counter-program Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend.