Taylor-Catterall and the underdog match – at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland – will be live on Saturday live and exclusive on ESPN+ in the US (2pm ET)
Undisputed young welterweight world champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor has made history. England’s first undisputed champion of the four-belt era, Scotland’s Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) will defend her title against Jack “El Gato” Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) on this Saturday, February 26, in front of a sold-out OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor-Catterall and a junior boxer, including featherweight contender Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez take on Eric Donovan in a 10-round bout, to be streamed live. live and exclusive on ESPN+ in the US (2 p.m. ET).
Before the night of the fight, take a behind-the-scenes look at Top-Rated Gifts: The Tartan Tornado, a documentary-style look at Taylor from his blue-collar upbringing in Prestonpans, Scotland , until he rose to the elite. Once a young player with a brilliant taekwondo career, Taylor has finally set her sights on the sweet science. Taylor represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and won the Commonwealth junior heavyweight title in her seventh professional bout.
Taylor cemented his legacy as a Scottish sports hero last May when he toppled Jose Ramirez in a reunification match, becoming the second Scottish champion in boxing history (along with boxing). Ken Buchanan). Taylor has now turned the tables for Catterall, the WBO No. 1 contender from Chorley, England, who won the 2017 British Championship.
Ramirez-Eric Donovan feather weight inclination will act as co-feature
Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez has won a pair of Olympic gold medals for his hometown. Now he is determined to add some professional hardware to his collection.
Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) will cross the pond to face Irish veteran Eric Donovan (14-1, 8 KOs) in a featherweight 10-round bout on Saturday, February 26, at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ramirez-Donovan will serve as companion to the highly anticipated middleweight showdown between undisputed Scottish world champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor and WBO No. undefeated Jack “El Gato” Catterall.
Taylor-Catterall, Ramirez-Donovan and additional mind games will stream live and exclusively in the United States on ESPN+.
Ramirez has trained in Las Vegas under the guidance of Ismael Salas and has played flawlessly since a stunning defeat on his professional debut in August 2019. In 2020, he has won four matches in MGM Grand Bubble, including taking down Adan Gonzales, who defeated him in his debut. He was about to have the best victory of his career last October over the previously undefeated Orlando Gonzalez. Here’s what Ramirez had to say at Salas Boxing Academy, less than three weeks before his fight with Donovan.
“I am delighted to be back in England as a professional boxer, where it all started with me at the age of 18 winning my first Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.”
“Two Olympic gold medals and what many consider a long-time amateur career means nothing to me unless I achieve greatness as a professional. In many ways, I see this fight as an opportunity to let the world know about Robeisy ‘El Tren’ Ramirez and to take a giant leap in my journey to becoming world champion. “
“There is an age-old stereotype of Cuban warriors as highly skilled, but boring. That is not my case. There’s a reason why they call me ‘Train.’ I proceed. ”
“I am fast, strong and I have the high IQ to beat anyone in featherweight. February 26 on ESPN+ will be the platform from which I show the world that I’m ready to fight for the world title. ”
“On February 26, I will fight on behalf of Cuba, my home country, and the United States of America, which has welcomed me and given me the opportunity to fulfill my dream as a professional boxer. .”
Robeisy Ramirez against Eric Donovan on February 26 on the Taylor vs. Catterall
Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez will cross the pond to face Irish veteran Eric Donovan in a featherweight 10-round match on Saturday, February 26 at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ramirez-Donovan marked a poor run ahead of the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between undisputed Scottish world champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor and undefeated WBO No. El Gato” Catterall.
The entire Taylor-Catterall card will stream live and exclusively in the US on ESPN+.
“Since that shock loss on his professional debut, Robeisy Ramirez has shown why he is one of the top boxers of the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said First Division President Bob Arum. “Robeisy has fought around the world throughout his amateur career, and we are delighted he was able to showcase his skills to the Scotland fans.”
Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) is no stranger to fighting on British soil. At the 2012 London Olympics, he wowed in the flyweight arena as the underdog with a score of 16-1 to win gold. Ramirez won his second gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and defected from Cuba in July 2018.
After a decisive defeat to Adan Gonzales on his professional debut in August 2019, Ramirez has won eight consecutive games, including a decisive victory over Gonzales in the 2020 rematch. Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder III shirt last October, outperforming the previously unbeaten Orlando Gonzalez through 10 rounds. Donovan (14-1, 8 KOs), Athy’s one-time Irish amateur star, has won two games since an August 2020 TKO loss to Zelfa Barrett.
Ramirez said, “Since I won my first Olympic gold medal in London, I have wanted to fight again in this part of the world. The Scottish fans are crazy, and I can’t wait to give them a great performance in front of a sold-out arena. My opponent is a tough Irishman, and I will do my best to win.”
In other basic action on ESPN+:
- Nick ‘The Glasgow Warrior’ Campbell (4-0, 4 KOs) and Jay ‘The Ghost’ McFarlane (12-5, 5 KOs) will clash in a highly anticipated bout for the Scottish heavyweight championship.
- A pair of Top Rated signed leads will make their respective professional debuts within six rounds. Featherweight champion Kurt Walker won bronze at the 2017 European Championships, silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and gold at the 2018 European Championships and 2019 European Games. represented Ireland last summer at the Tokyo Olympics, losing to fellow first-place winner Duke Ragan in a bitterly contested quarter-final. Young middleweight Kieran Molloy, from Galway Ireland, won 11 national amateur titles and won a bronze medal at the 2018 EU Championships in Valladolid, Spain.
- Championship sensation signed First Division Paddy “Real Deal” Donovan (7-0.5 KOs), from Limerick, Ireland, back in action in the sixth round. Donovan will play in the knockout round last August against Jose Luis Castillo.
- BOXXER Series junior winner Cori Gibbs (16-0, 3 KOs) will begin his new promotional contract in an eight round.
Rising star Ebonie Jones (1-0) had her second professional fight with Effy Kathopouli after six rounds in the smaller featherweight division. Portsmouth’s Jones, a former prominent Team GB amateur and HGV driver in the British Army, made his professional debut last October with a 1-point win over Vaida Masiokaite.
- Edinburgh cruiser weightlifter Scott Forrest began his professional journey when he made his professional debut in a six-lap competition. Born in South Africa, Forrest moved to Forth, Scotland at the age of 5. He competed at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and defeated the former heavyweight champion