The two-part, behind-the-scenes series previews the May 22 undisputed junior welterweight world title showdown between Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor. The “Blood, Sweat & Tears” premieres Sunday, May 9 on ESPN 2.
There can be only one junior welterweight world champion. Unified WBC and WBO champion Jose Ramirez (26-0, 17 KOs) will battle unified IBF and WBA king Josh Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) for division supremacy at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on Saturday, May 22, which makes it Sunday, May 23 in Australia.
Before they go toe-to-toe, go behind the scenes of both fighters’ training camps with “Blood Sweat & Tears: Ramirez vs. Taylor”. A two-part docuseries chronicling the buildup to this cross-continental showdown.
Part 1 premieres this Sunday, May 9 at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT on ESPN2. Part 2 drops on ESPN2 the following Sunday, May 16 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT. Check out the trailer up top.
Immediately after the debut of each episode, they will be available for replay on-demand in the ESPN App and on ESPN.com.
Jose Ramirez vs Josh Taylor for undisputed junior welterweight title
Ramirez, the pride of California’s Central Valley, has been a world champion since March 2018. He unified world titles in July 2019 with a sensational knockout over Maurice Hooker and is coming off last August’s majority decision over former world champion Viktor Postol.
The all-access cameras caught Ramirez at training camp in Riverside, California, and in the Central Valley as he led the charge with community leaders to make the COVID-19 vaccination readily available to the region’s agricultural workers.
Taylor, from Edinburgh, Scotland, hopes to become only the second undisputed champion in Scottish boxing history, following lightweight legend Ken Buchanan. “The Tartan Tornado” reached the division’s apex with title-winning efforts in 2019 over Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis.
The cameras followed Taylor from the start of training camp in London to the finishing touches in Las Vegas. Taylor’s head trainer, Ben Davison, helped guide heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s return to the ring in 2018 after a prolonged absence.
The current list of announced bouts, featured on the Ramirez vs Taylor undercard, can be found here.