Josh Taylor’s crucial light-welterweight fight with Jose Ramirez will take place at Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas and NOT the MGM Arena as pair fight for WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles
- Josh Taylor is set to face Jose Ramirez in a crucial light-welterweight contest
- Saturday week’s clash in Las Vegas will be for the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles
- The Scot’s fight has been moved to the Virgin Hotel instead of the MGM Arena
- Taylor’s Tartan Army of Scottish fans are not allowed to enter the US at present
Josh Taylor’s dream of starring at the most iconic boxing venue on the Las Vegas Strip is being stripped from him by the Covid-19 pandemic which is preventing his Scottish army of fans from entering the US.
The Tartan Tornado’s bid to become Britain’s only current undisputed world champion will still take place in Sin City on Saturday week but in a much smaller hall than the 17,000-capacity MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Fewer than 2,000 spectators are expected to be in attendance as he and Jose Ramirez battle for the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO light-welterweight titles.
Josh Taylor will fight Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas’ Virgin Hotel not the MGM Grand Garden Arena
Taylor will face Jose Ramirez (above) for the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO light-welterweight titles
The new location, due to be announced this week, will be a live music theatre inside the Virgin Hotel.
So renamed since Richard Branson rebranded the old Hard Rock Hotel, of which he is now part-owner but is operated by the Mohegan Sun American Indian casino chain.
This space has been extended to hold a crowd of 2,000 but under Nevada coronavirus restrictions attendance is expected to be limited to between 1,200 and 1,600.
Taylor (right) will fight in front of 2,000 fans but Scots are banned from coming to the US
The change was made after promoter Bob Arum was frustrated in attempts to secure exemption for Taylor fans from America’s current ban on UK visitors, making it clear that only a fraction of the seats would have been occupied at the MGM.
Taylor had talked excitedly about the thrill of headlining there and seeing his name light up the giant billboards on the The Strip.
He must now channel this disappointment into overcoming Ramirez, the California-born Mexican, in a claustrophobic atmosphere charged by his Hispanic fans.
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