Jose Ramirez is letting the world know he will be ringside on Saturday, June 10th, in New York City, when Josh Taylor looks to defend his WBO junior welterweight world title against Teofimo Lopez.
Ramirez, the former unified world champion, who lost his titles to Josh Taylor in a unification bout in 2021 is interested in the winner of the bout. As he is making it clear he wants to rematch Josh Taylor, but the brash Teofimo Lopez has gotten under the skin of Ramirez as and he wouldn’t mind facing him either. ProBox TV News recently caught up with Jose Ramirez who gave his insights on the upcoming world title fight.
The big question for Ramirez is; how does Teofimo Lopez fair against a big puncher in his new weight class? Despite, Lopez fighting two bouts in the weight class, neither Pedro Campa nor Sandor Martin would be rated as a world-level puncher. Taylor is a puncher and an established veteran in the division. Despite a narrow split-decision win over Jack Catterall, many still view Taylor as one of the ten best fighters in the sport of boxing. It also seems that Ramirez has some questions about the conditioning of Teofimo Lopez from fight to fight.
“Josh Taylor he comes in shape,” elaborated Jose Ramirez. “He has been tested. He fought Regis [Prograis] and he fought myself. I don’t know if Lopez has been tested at 140 [lbs], with any big puncher. [Lopez] had that loss against [George] Kambosos, and Kambosos is not a Josh Taylor, he is not a Jose Ramirez and he is not a Regis Prograis.”
As for what Ramirez wants next, he makes it very simple. He outlined a very clear two-fight plan that he hopes can carry him into 2024.
“Honestly for me, I want the winner of Lopez-Taylor and then straight in with a unification match with Regis Prograis,” said Ramirez. “That is the one and two.”
Ramirez, who his manager, Rick Mirigian, earlier this week explained to ProBox TV News, is on the last fight of his deal is hoping to land a huge fight before whatever occurs after that fight. Ramirez also emphasized that he has a new passion for the sport.
“I hope so, I do have to ask Top Rank, but I hope I can get that rematch,” said Ramirez. I want to [rematch Josh Taylor so badly] and I have so much love for the sport. You see me out here [in Stockton, California], you are going to see me in New York, being a part of all these great fights.”
Ramirez, who lost a close decision to Taylor, which was decided by ultimately the two knockdowns scored by Taylor seems to haunt Ramirez.
“I want to use all my energy, and passion, [along with] everything I feel, and pack it behind my punch,” said Ramirez. “I don’t want to take that fight to the distance if it is against [Taylor]."