Not since Ken Buchanan 50 years ago has Scotland had an undisputed boxing world champion. But that is the history awaiting Josh Taylor this weekend if he can overcome Mexican American Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas. All four boxing titles are on the line here, making this one of the biggest fights of 2021, with the winner set to be crowned undisputed light-welterweight champion. You can see all the action live on FITE with Virgin TV.
Taylor earned his chance at the titles with a fine victory over Regis Prograis in 2019, a fight that really made the boxing world take notice, before cruising past mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong within one round last year. His record speaks for itself with 17 wins from 17 fights, 13 of these via knockout.
The Tartan Tornado, therefore, has every right to feel confident but in Jose Ramirez he is up against one of boxing’s greatest talents. Like Taylor, Ramirez has yet to suffer defeat with a perfect record of 26 wins from 26 fights, 17 coming via knockout. He has been the unified holder of the WBC and WBO light welterweight belts since defeating Maurice Hooker in 2019.
With so much at stake, this promises to be a must-watch bout. Is Taylor the Scottish boxing champion 50 years in the making? Find out on FITE this weekend.
Jose Ramirez (c) vs Josh Taylor (c) – Lightweight, 12 rounds
Jose Zepeda (c) vs Hank Lundy – Lightweight, 10 rounds
Elvis Rodriguez vs Kenneth Sims Jr – Lightweight, 8 rounds
Louie Coria vs Jose Enrique Vivas – Featherweight, 8 rounds
Robeisy Ramirez vs Juan Tapia – Featherweight, 8 rounds
Andres Cortes vs Eduardo Garza – Super Featherweight, 8 rounds
Raymond Muratalla vs Jose Luis Gallegos – Super Featherweight, 8 rounds
Javier Martinez vs Calvin Metcalf – Middleweight, 6 rounds
* card subject to change
Saturday 22nd May. The event begins at 1 AM (early Sunday morning) from Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, Nevada.
How can I watch?
The event is available to purchase in HD now for £9.95.
To buy from a 360 box, press Home then select Live Events and select the event. You can watch on the night itself by going to Home > Saved > Rentals.
To buy from a TiVo or V6 box, press Home and then go to On Demand > Live Events and press red. To watch, go to On Demand > Live Events > Event Bookings.
Can I rewatch?
The event will be repeated at 3PM and 7PM on Sunday 23rd May (final playout) and can’t be recorded.