Unified WBC and WBO light welterweight champion – José Carlos Ramírez has predicted that his undisputed junior welterweight world title showdown against Josh Taylor at The Theater [Virgin Hotels], Las Vegas on Saturday is likely to be a fight of the year contender.

Apart from putting their unbeaten records on the line, the winner of the bout between Ramirez [26-0, 17 KOs] and Taylor [17-0, 13 KOs] will also become the sixth man to attain undisputed status in the four-belt era.

The two fighters faced off yesterday and this is what Ramírez had to say:

“It’s an honor for me to face a great fighter like Taylor. This will be the best fight of the year.”

“He is very prideful of his country and I respect that. That’s the way a champion should be.”

“This has been a great training camp. I’m very motivated. It will be an honor and a blessing to make history as the first Mexican undisputed champion.”

“I believe a fighter like Taylor will bring out the best in me. He is a technical fighter, and when you face a fighter like that, you see everything clearly.

“You will see all the small things that I have worked on and that will show the experience I have as a fighter. You will see all my skills, and I will put on a show against a great fighter.”

“I’ve never been a fan of opinions of who is the best fighter out there. Sometimes people don’t understand that especially at this level, each fight is going to be tough.

“I always train like I’m the underdog. I always train like each fight is the biggest fight of my career.

“I can’t afford to lose. That’s always been my mentality. I always find a way to win.”