Josh Taylor Eager For Ramirez, Open To 135 Drop To Face Teofimo Lopez

WBA, IBF junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor is looking to retire from the sport in the next few years.

He was in action back in September, with new head trainer Ben Davison, and demolished mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong in one round.

Taylor, 29-years-old, would like to retire by the age of 32 or 33.

“I don’t want to be fighting until I’m 36, 37, 38 and the body starts falling apart,” Taylor tells BBC Scotland. “Ideally, I want to retire at 32 or 33, get out of the game and live the rest of my life.”

At the moment Taylor is being lined for a full division showdown with WBC, WBO 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez.

The winner of the contest could become a potential future opponent for WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

Taylor expects the Ramirez fight to happen in the first half of 2021.

“It’s looking like the early part of next year, maybe February/March/April time,” Taylor said. “It’s most likely going to be in America because in some states they’re allowing a good number of fans in and that’s what I would prefer to do, fight in front of fans.

“I’ve always wanted to fight in America in a big show and see my name up in bright lights, so that will be another one ticked off the bucket list. It’s looking like it’s going to be the west coast, maybe in LA or Nevada. But nothing has been confirmed and it could still be here in Glasgow.”

Another possible option, after facing Ramirez, is dropping down to the lightweight limit to face unified champion Teofimo Lopez.

“I’m making the weight so much more easily,” Taylor said. “I could maybe even go down to 135 and challenge for a title there and then jump up to 147 and be a three-weight world champion. These are all longer-term goals.

“You’ve got Teofimo Lopez, who’s big for 135. You’ve got Vasyl Lomachenko. It would be hard to make the weight, but I think it is doable. And then jump up to 147 to take on Terence Crawford and Errol Spence, the greats of the sport.”


Noel Galang – Kamao TV

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