‘I was just TOO NICE and that cost me the fight’: Former world champion Jose Ramirez opens up on his 2021 defeat by Josh Taylor… as he reveals he’d be willing to travel to the UK to settle the score with the Brit
- Jose Ramirez lost to Josh Taylor in an undisputed light-welterweight clash
- The fight appeared to turn on two knockdowns in the middle rounds
- Ramirez wants to fight Taylor again, and is willing to face him in the UK
Former world champion Jose Ramirez believes one punch changed his undisputed fight with Josh Taylor in 2021, but is desperate to prove himself in a rematch with the Scot.
Ramirez and Taylor met in May 2021 in Las Vegas with all four light-welterweight belts on the line, and it was the latter who emerged victorious via a narrow unanimous decision.
All three judges scored the contest 114-112 in Taylor’s favour, with the southpaw getting the nod thanks to two knockdowns in the sixth and seventh rounds.
The second knockdown was contentious, with referee Kenny Bayless appearing to call a break, only for Taylor to land a jolting uppercut straight afterwards that sent Ramirez to the canvas.
Almost two years on, Ramirez feels there was very little to split him and Taylor, but has conceded he did not show enough of his nasty side in their fight.
Jose Ramirez (right) was knocked down twice in his fight with Josh Taylor (left) in 2021
Those knockdowns proved decisive as Taylor won a close unanimous decision in Las Vegas
‘It definitely wasn’t my best night,’ Ramirez told Sportsmail.
‘I think I made some very small mistakes that really cost me the fight. It’s not a fight that he beat me because he was the better fighter. In the first five rounds, I felt like I was breaking him down. I felt like I was taking him to the ropes.
‘The sixth round I got so anxious that I almost exploded out of the corner and he counter-punched me by his corner. That’s how much I wanted it in the sixth round. It was scored as a flash knockdown, but I still felt like I got up and managed to do great in that sixth round.
‘And then in the seventh round, I thought it was a break. The referee touched my elbow to take a step back and I’ve always been a respectful fighter, but I think I was just a little too nice and that cost me the fight.
‘It definitely motivated Taylor to come forward the rounds after the seventh round, and those were the rounds that he won, and those rounds it took me time to recover properly.
‘I feel like if that hadn’t have landed, the fight would have continued going my way, and I think the way the fight was going I would have discouraged Josh Taylor and probably won the fight.’
Since beating Ramirez, Taylor has made one successful defence of his titles, although it came in controversial fashion as he was given the verdict over fellow Brit Jack Catterall last February despite many observers feeling he’d lost.
A rematch between the pair appeared to be in the offing, but Taylor now looks set to fight ex-world champion Teofimo Lopez this summer instead.
Ramirez had some success in the fight but feels the second knockdown was a key turning point
Ramirez thinks he has unfinished business with Taylor, and would be willing to face him again in the UK to settle the score with his old rival if he gets past Lopez.
‘It’s unfortunate for Catterall because he was expecting a rematch, and in the UK you guys are very passionate about boxing so you were definitely expecting the rematch.
‘But I’ll fight Taylor if he beats Teofimo, in the UK. I would love to be in a position where I fight the winner of Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez,’ Ramirez declared.
Ramirez is due to end his one-year absence from the ring when he takes on ex-titlist Richard Commey in front of a home crowd in California on Saturday.
Ramirez wants a rematch with Taylor and is willing to travel to the UK to make it happen
He is keen to remind fans of his class by putting on a show against the durable Ghanaian to prove he deserves a mega-fight later this year.
‘I don’t see it being very easy in the first couple of rounds but it’s also a fight where I’m looking forward to making a statement that I’m still a top dog at 140 and that’s what I’m most focused on. It’s time for me to stay focused and show that killer instinct,’ he said.
‘The knockout would be a way to make a statement. For it not to go to the judges’ hands is definitely a statement that I’m looking to make.’
Watch Jose Ramirez vs Richard Commey, live on Sky Sports, from 2am on Sunday March 26.