With Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez seemingly close to an announcement of an undisputed junior welterweight championship fight in May, Taylor is back in camp with trainer Ben Davison, getting ready for the bout likely to happen between May 15-29.
Here’s a quick video look at Taylor and Davison working in the ring a bit:
Taylor (17-0, 13 KO) has the WBA and IBF titles, while Ramirez (26-0, 17 KO) holds the WBC and WBO belts. Taylor is already recognized as the Ring Magazine champion, too, for what that’s worth, thanks to his Oct. 2019 win over Regis Prograis, which also won Taylor the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
Taylor-Ramirez is easily one of the best, most exciting, and most meaningful fights that can be made in boxing right now, and the fact Top Rank have both under contract makes this easy to make on paper, and yet it’s still nice to see how easily it really is appearing to come together. (Knock on wood, of course; it is still boxing.)
One key storyline for the fight will be trainer Ben Davison, actually. When Taylor split from the McGuigans after winning the WBSS, that also meant he lost trainer Shane McGuigan, with whom he’d developed an outstanding chemistry. Davison was hired as replacement, but they’ve only done one fight together, Taylor’s easy first-round thrashing of over-matched mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong in Sept. 2020.
We really learned nothing in that fight about how Taylor and Davison are meshing, but the work in the gym must be going OK, they’re still together and Taylor seems happy with things. But that’s a different story compared to the best on fight night, especially against someone as good as Ramirez; that will be a legitimate measuring of the Taylor/Davison partnership.