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Zepeda vs Ramirez Ordered Title Fight

Unified light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor has vacated his WBC 140-lb belt, and World Boxing Council has quickly ordered #1 Jose Zepeda and #2 Jose Ramirez to battle for the vacant strap.

For the former undisputed 140-lb champion Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs), this is the second title belt he’s vacated, as he recently relinquished his WBA strap.

Taylor has not keen on defending all of the belts, as he’s planning on moving up to 147 soon to go after bigger & better things against the winner of the expected undisputed clash between champions Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford.

In the meantime, Taylor will now defend his IBF/WBO 140-lb belts against #3 WBO Jack Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs) in a rematch of their controversial fight earlier this year in February.

In that contest, Taylor beat Catterall by a questionable 12-round split decision at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Three years ago, Ramirez defeated Zepeda by a questionable 12-round majority decision in February 2019 in Fresno, California.

Many boxing fans, this writer included, had Zepeda winning handily by an 8-4 score. The judges scored it 116-112, 115-113 for the hometown fighter Ramirez, and the third had it 114-114.

“The WBC truly regrets having lost so much time and having mandatory contender Jose Zepeda frozen as well as other fighters in the division,” WBC sanctioning body said on Twitter.

We wish Josh Taylor success in his future inside and outside the ring.

“The WBC hereby orders Jose Zepeda vs Jose Carlos Ramirez to fight for the vacant super lightweight championship of the world.”


by Dan Ambrose

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