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  Jose Ramirez: "Iíve Always Been The Underdog"

The countdown is on, and WBC/WBO junior welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez is 12 days away from a legacy-defining undisputed showdown against Josh Taylor, Scotlandís IBF/WBA/Ring Magazine kingpin.

Itís business as usual for Ramirez, the 2012 U.S. Olympian from Californiaís Central Valley who hopes to become the first four-belt undisputed champion of Mexican descent. Heís spent the better part of two months training in Riverside, California, with Robert Garcia, who has guided his career inside the ring since after his March 2018 title-winning effort over Amir Imam.

With fight week seven days away, Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) is the prohibitive underdog for the first time in his professional career, as Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) is a more than 2-to-1 favorite at most sportsbooks. Ramirez is aware of public perception, but it doesnít faze him as he enters the sixth world title fight of his career. Taylor earned the prestigious Ring Magazine belt with his October 2019 decision over Regis Prograis, but on May 22, the sportís loftiest prize will be on the line.

As training camp winds down, this is what Ramirez had to say:

ďIíve always been the underdog. Thatís my mentality. I am fighting for my place in boxing history. No boxer of Mexican descent has ever held all four world title belts. Iím aware that most people are picking against me, but that only fuels me further.Ē

ďIn my mind, Iím supposed to win this fight. I donít let the outside noise get to me. No matter what you do, or who you beat, thereís always going to be somebody else out there. At this moment, that person is Josh Taylor.Ē

ďWe both wanted the fight, and I respect him for taking on the challenge. Josh and I are out to make history, and I know I will be the better man on May 22.Ē

"The odds are what they are, but the best junior welterweight, the undisputed champion, will be crowned May 22."


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