Taylor vs Ramirez: UK start time, how to watch on TV, live stream, prediction, undercard, ring walks, odds

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<p>Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor go head to head in an undisputed title fight in Las Vegas</p> (AP)

Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor go head to head in an undisputed title fight in Las Vegas

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Josh Taylor fights Jose Ramirez tonight in a huge battle for super-lightweight dominance.

The ‘Tartan Tornado’ is vying to become Britain’s first undisputed world champion of the four-belt era - and first overall since heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis in 1999 - in Las Vegas.

In just his 18th professional fight, Taylor, 30, will put his WBA and IBF titles on the line as he also looks to pick up the WBC and WBO belts from Mexican-American Ramirez.

It is an eagerly anticipated battle between two undefeated champions, with the impressive and fearless Taylor looking to replicate the performance from his dramatic World Super Series final win over Regis Prograis in October 2019.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist became a unified 140-pound champion on that memorable night in London, having previously outpointed Ivan Baranchyk to claim his maiden world title.

He last appeared in the ring in September, successfully defending his belts with an emphatic first-round knockout of IBF mandatory Apinun Khongsong of Thailand.

Ramirez, meanwhile, has held the WBC belt since March 2018, when he overcame Amir Imam. He defended that strap with successive decisions against Antonio Orozco and Jose Zepeda before unifying with a sixth-round stoppage of Maurice Hooker in July 2019.

His only fight since then came in August of last year - a somewhat controversial majority decision win over Viktor Postol.

Taylor vs Ramirez fight card/undercard in full

Jose Ramirez vs Josh Taylor

Jose Zepeda vs Hank Lundy

Elvis Rodriguez vs Kenneth Sims Jr

Louie Coria vs Jose Enrique Vivas

Andres Cortes vs Eduardo Garza

Robeisy Ramirez vs Ryan Lee Allen

Raymond Muratalla vs Jose Luis Gallegos

Javier Martinez vs Calvin Metcalf

Taylor vs Ramirez date, UK start time, venue and ring walks

Taylor vs Ramirez takes place on Saturday, May 22, 2021 inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It will be a familiar late-night affair for British fight fans just two weeks after Billy Joe Saunders’ defeat by Canelo Alvarez in Texas, with the main event ring walks initially not expected to take place until approximately 4am BST on Sunday morning.

However, it is now being reported that the main event could actually start at around 2:30am.

How to watch Taylor vs Ramirez

Taylor vs Ramirez has not been picked up by any television broadcasters in the UK.

Instead, the bout will be shown live via pay-per-view on Fite TV at a cost of £12.99.

For those wishing to watch on TV rather than just online, you can connect to many Smart TVs through the Fite TV mobile app.

Taylor vs Ramirez fight prediction

This has the potential to be another truly epic, explosive Taylor fight as two undefeated, unified world champions go head to head after some very heated final pre-bout exchanges this week.

It could legitimately go either way and you can easily make a case for both men, but we’re backing the Scot to make history with a hard-fought points victory.

Taylor vs Ramirez press conference

Josh Taylor: “This fight means the world to me, it speaks for itself. To be the first person in the four-belt era in Scotland and from the UK, it is a massive piece of history.

"It puts my name in the history books as one of Scotland's best ever fighters and it's a real honour and motivation for me to do this.

"I'm in this game to be the best and fight the best and leave my mark on boxing history. That's why I've trained so hard for this fight and been away from home for about six months.

"I've dedicated my whole adult life to the sport for this moment in time. I'm so confident, it's just unbelievable. I know I've done everything right and to the best of my ability. I can't wait to get in there.

Jose Ramirez beat Maurice Hooker in 2019 to become a unified world championGetty Images
Jose Ramirez beat Maurice Hooker in 2019 to become a unified world championGetty Images

"It's a massive fight for Jose as well, he has the opportunity to become the first American/Mexican to do it as well, create history, so it is a massive fight for the two of us and it is a great fight for boxing. It's a great match-up."

Jose Ramirez: "This is the biggest fight of my career and I was very motivated to train like the underdog, even if I was the favourite.

"But that doesn't matter. Odds makers, people's opinions are not going to help me, they are not going to help Josh. I am just grateful for this opportunity."

Taylor vs Ramirez betting odds

Taylor to win: 5/8

Ramirez to win: 15/8

Draw: 18/1

Taylor to win via KO/TKO or DQ: 9/2

Taylor to win via decision/technical decision: 6/5

Ramirez to win via KO/TKO or DQ: 13/2

Ramirez to win via decision/technical decision: 3/1

Odds via Betfair Exchange (subject to change). Click here to find out more.

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