Taylor takes on Jose Carlos Ramirez on 22 May looking to become the first fighter in Scottish - and British - boxing history to become undisputed world champion in the four-belt era. These opportunities do not come along very often. Since 1988 when the WBO was formed and became recognised as the fourth governing body, there have been just six fights, across the divisions, with all four belts on the line. 

 
 The excruciatingly lengthy negotiations to make the Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua fight for the title of undisputed heavyweight champion demonstrates why these contests are so rare, but when they do take place, legends are made. "I always believed I would be world champion, that was my dream, but did I think I would be fighting to become undisputed world champion? Deep down, probably not," Taylor tells BBC Scotland as he prepares to fly out to the USA to begin final preparations for the bout with Ramirez. "







When you think of fighting for undisputed title fights, you think of the superstars of the sport, and now Josh Taylor is going to be in a fight of this magnitude for all these titles and it's just a real 'pinch me' moment. Follow all the action as Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez put their unbeaten records on the line in a historic undisputed 140lbs world championship bout in Las Vegas. Taylor, a 2012 Olympian, has been fast-tracked through the professional ranks and has amassed an impressive record, defeating the likes of Viktor Postol, Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis to claim the IBF and WBA world titles. The winner of tonight’s bout will become only the fifth male undisputed champion in the four-belt era and Taylor, who has become increasingly fiery during fight week, shoving Ramirez after yesterday’s weigh-in, has promised to deliver a career-best performance. 



“I’ve had good performances but still don’t believe I’ve boxed to the best of my ability,” he said. “I’ve not reached my full potential yet. When I fought Ivan Baranchyk, I could have made that fight so much easier. I could have changed up the tactics a little bit in the Regis Prograis fight as well and won that a little bit easier too.” Boxing continues to roll on in 2021. After a rough 2020 that saw many stars either not compete or compete just once, the new year has seen a handful of fighters already seen ring time with big success. While the date and venue for the undisputed world heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have yet to be finalized,




 there are plenty of other big fights already scheduled to mark on your calendars. Over the coming months, boxing will seem a lot more like it used to with the return of crowds at venues and bigger fights to look forward to than we have been accustomed to over the past year due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are our picks for the top fights based on their entertainment value. For the purposes of this list, we're including only upcoming bouts reported as being finalized or already announced through the end of July. Fury-Joshua was not confirmed at the time of writing,



 but when it is announced it will be slotted in at No. 1, the biggest fight of not only the next few months, but of all of 2021. 1. Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez for Ramirez's WBC and WBO titles and Taylor's WBA and IBF titlesMay 22: Las Vegas (ESPN, ESPN+) Jose Ramirez, above left, will face Josh Taylor to unify all four major junior welterweight world titles. Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty ImagesThis is a must-see matchup between two skilled pressure fighters who both bring two world title belts to the table. It's got the potential to be a fight of the year candidate and the winner will establish himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. They have both shown ruthless finishing power in recent fights and it's a hard fight to call, which makes it compulsive viewing. Taylor has beaten better opponents than Ramirez and this alone gives him the edge. But Taylor, from Scotland, will have to do without the support of his fans who will be unable to travel to Vegas due to coronavirus restrictions. 2. Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, for Alvarez's WBC and WBA super middleweight titles and Saunders' WBO super middleweight titleMay 8: Arlington, Texas (DAZN)This event will be a fantastic moment for boxing, with at least 60,000 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They will all be there to see Alvarez, boxing's biggest star and arguably the best in the world pound-for-pound. Whatever your view on Alvarez's abilities, and if his global appeal is bigger than Joshua's or Fury's, what is beyond doubt is his recent scintillating form. Saunders, of England, is experienced enough to give Alvarez problems and cause some drama, 



but Alvarez is a joy to watch at the moment. Look no further than the pound for pound king himself, Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican superstar has scored a pair of knockouts already, stopping Avni Yildirim with ease in February before another stoppage of Billy Joe Saunders in May. Now, Alvarez hopes to get a date with Caleb Plant in September to achieve undisputed champion status in the super middleweight division. Things continue to roll on in May though with some big action on the docket. Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez will finally meet in a junior welterweight unification bout on May 22 in Las Vegas that promises to be explosive.  Can't get enough boxing and MMA? Get the latest in the world of combat sports from two of the best in the business. Subscribe to Morning Kombat with Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell for the best analysis and in-depth news. Then in June, a major exhibition match comes to Showtime PPV when Floyd Mayweather takes on Logan Paul in Miami. The match got even more juice flowing when Logan's brother, Jake, caused a stir at the first press event by trying to take Mayweather's hat. The incident caused a major skirmish between the two camps. 




Then the summer really heats up with Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions unveiling a loaded slate with nine cards that will feature Gervonta "Tank" Davis moving up two divisions to face Mario Barrios for the WBA junior welterweight title as well as both Jermall and Jermell Charlo in big title fights. Below is a running list of boxing main events for the 2021 year. Note: This will be updated constantly with changes and additions‘I loved her’: Martin Bashir insists BBC Diana interview was not harmful to princessRamirez will provide another stern test, though, and boasts a stellar amateur pedigree himself, too, having also competed at the 2012 Games in London. He is the more experienced professional of the pair and unified the WBO and WBC titles against Maurice Hooker in 2019 and his aggressive come-forward style all but guarantees a thrilling fight. Follow all the action live below:



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