Josh Taylor defends his undisputed junior welterweight title against Jack Caterall live from OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday, February 26. A number of bottom matches have been announced recently, including a ten-round featherweight bout between Rubizzi Ramirez and Eric Donovan.
“Since that shocking loss to his professional debut, Rubizzi Ramirez has shown why he is one of the best fighters at the 2016 Rio Olympics,” said Bob Arum, President of Top Rank. “Robeisy has fought all over the world during his career, and we are delighted that he will be able to showcase his skills to Scottish fans.”
Boxing fans can watch Taylor vs Catterall match live on ESPN+ in the US and Sky Sports in the UK. International live broadcasts, including Australia, are expected on FITE TV – subject to certainty.
Rubisy Ramirez vs Eric Donovan
Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) is no stranger to fighting on British soil. At the 2012 London Olympics, he stunned the flyweight field as a 16-1 loser to win the gold medal. Ramirez won a second gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and defected from Cuba in July 2018. After a separate defeat to Adan Gonzalez on his debut in August 2019, Ramirez won eight fights in a row, including the decision to lock down Gonzalez in the rematch of 2020. Ramirez shone In the Tyson Fury tag against Deontay Wilder III last October, he dominated previously unbeaten Orlando Gonzalez over 10 rounds.
Donovan (14-1, 8 KOs), a one-time Irish amateur star from Athey, has won two fights since losing a TKO in August 2020 to Zelva Barrett.
Ramirez said: “Since I won my first Olympic gold in London, I’ve wanted to fight again in this part of the world. Scottish fans are incredibly excited, and I can’t wait to put in a great show for them in front of an out-of-stock arena. My opponent is strong Irish, I will be at my best to emerge victorious.”
In other bouts of Taylor vs Cateral
Nick Campbell (4-0, 4 KOs) and Jay MacFarlane (12-5, 5 KOs) will clash in a championship match with a vacant Scottish heavyweight title at stake.
A pair of top-rated leads will make their professional debut in six rounds. Featherweight 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. Walker, who represented Ireland last summer at the Tokyo Olympics, lost to teammate Duke Ragan in a bout Quarter-finals are very competitive. Kieran Molloy, junior middleweight, of Galway Ireland, won 11 amateur national titles and took a bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships in Valladolid, Spain.
Paddy Donovan (7-0, 5 KOs) of Limerick, Ireland, is back in play in six orbits. Donovan was eliminated by a first-round knockout last August over Jose Luis Castillo.
BOXXER Junior welterweight winner Corey Gibbs (16-0, 3 KOs) will start his new promotional deal in an eight-round game.
Ebony Jones (1-0) fought her second professional fight against Effie Kathupoli over the course of six rounds in the junior featherweight. Portsmouth’s Jones, a former senior GB amateur and HGV driver in the British Army, made her debut last October with a points victory over Vaida Masiokaite.
Edinburgh cruiserweight Scott Forrest sets off on his professional journey when he debuts in a six-round competition. Born in South Africa, Forrest moved to Forth, Scotland, when he was five years old. He competed in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games and competed with former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Taylor vs Cateral Fight Card
Taylor vs Catterall’s current fight card can be found below. The final squad is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
- Josh Taylor vs. Jack Caterall, 12 rounds, junior welterweight – Taylor’s undisputed junior middleweight title
- Rubisy Ramirez vs Eric Donovan, 10 rounds, featherweight
- Nick Campbell vs. Jay MacFarlane, 10 rounds, heavyweight – vacant Scottish heavyweight title
- Kurt Walker vs. TBA, 6 rounds, featherweight
- Kiran Molloy vs. TBA, 6 rounds, featherweight
- Buddy Donovan vs TBA, 6 rounds, welterweight
- Cory Gibbs vs. FUCK, 8 rounds, small welterweight
- VfL Bochum vs. 1. FC Union Berlin Effie Kathupoli, 6 Rounds, Small Featherweight
- Scott Forrest vs. TBA, 6 rounds, cruiser weight