‘The Time Difference, the Food, the Heat’- Josh Taylor Opens Up on His Time in Las Vegas Before Jose Ramirez Fight

Published 05/18/2021, 8:43 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Josh Taylor celebrates victory over Regis Prograis during the World Boxing Super Series Super-Lightweight Ali Trophy Final at The O2 Arena on October 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)


WBA and IBF titlist Josh Taylor is preparing himself for a fight against Jose Ramirez, as the champions are set to collide for the 140 lbs title unification on May 22. Meanwhile, UK native Taylor seems ready for the biggest showdown of his career and is ready to face every adversary in the path.

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Besides, some adversaries emerged even outside the boxing ring. Flying down to the USA, the Scot had to face some serious changes in the time zone, weather, and also the food. So, he had to beat all these odds before lacing up the gloves. Ahead of the high-voltage collision, Josh Taylor spoke about his time in Las Vegas and the changes he has infused in this particular fight camp for Jose Ramirez.

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Speaking with Top Rank, ‘The Tartan Tornado’ said, “Obviously training here, going through a whole lot of pain and misery, and then we are over here to Sunny Vegas, spending the last four-five and a half weeks over in the State side. So, the reason for going over so early is to get used to the time difference for one but also the heat.”

He added, “We are getting used to all that as well. The time difference, the food, the heat. So by the time fight week comes, we are used to it. We are going to be flying.”

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However, 17-0 as a world champion, Josh Taylor will also have to think of the in-ring challenge that Jose Ramirez can bring. Ramirez holds the WBC and WBO 140 lbs title and an unbeaten run. That said, the winner can get a crack at the 147 lbs gold.

Josh Taylor or Jose Ramirez- Who has a better chance?

The nearing main-event fight is a perfectly matched-up clash between two elite champions in their prime. Other than a 3” reach advantage, Ramirez will not have any sheer physical advantage. But he is 26-0 as a professional and 9-fights over Taylor. This might bring more experience to his corner.

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Nevertheless, Taylor is a southpaw boxer, and Ramirez is orthodox. So, the fight would also be stylistically alluring. Meanwhile, both the champions are hard-hitters and can end the night in a flush. So, it would be interesting to watch one of the biggest matchups of the era happen this weekend.

Who do you think will win? Josh Taylor or Jose Ramirez?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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