Josh Taylor has told talkSPORT he was far from impressed by Jose Ramirez’s recent win over Viktor Postol.
The Scot, who holds the WBA and IBF super-lightweight world titles, is being lined up for an undisputed unification fight with the American, who owns the WBC and WBO belts.
Ramirez retained his crowns by edging out mandatory challenger Postol on August 29.
He did so with a narrow majority decision – scores of 116-112, 115-113, 114-114.
Taylor agreed with the third judge, and told talkSPORT Fight Night: “I think it was a very good fight.
“I actually scored the fight a draw myself. I scored it a draw.
“I thought Postol ran away with the early rounds.
“First half of the fight, he made Ramirez look very ordinary and slow.
“I saw lots of holes that I definitely will expose if or when we meet.
“I believe I will expose him. I wasn’t impressed with what I saw at all.”
Taylor knows Postol very well, as he beat him by a wider unanimous decision back in 2018.
He did not have it all his own way against the Ukrainian though, and was hurt in the seventh round.
Comparing the two fights, he continued: “I think it was a good performance considering.
“That was my first fight at world level, it was only my 13th fight as well.
“There was a lot of pressure riding on me, I was putting a lot of pressure on myself because I had a lot of proving to do.
“So I believe if I had that fight again I’d put on an even more dominant performance and blow him away.
“I think it [the Ramirez vs Postol fight] makes my victory look a little bit better.
“I thought he was quite unlucky not to get the nod.”
Taylor must defend successfully against his mandatory Apinun Khongsong on September 26 if he’s to meet Ramirez later this year.
Regarding the bout, which will take place behind closed doors, Taylor concluded: “The point with no crowds – the belts are on the line and my record is on the line.
“So I will have that fear factor and the nerves which you do need to keep you on your toes.
“There’s no need to worry about that, I’ll be right up for it because I’ve got a fear of losing, a fear of losing my titles.
“And a fear of losing the dream that I’ve got, which is getting that undisputed fight or that dream fight at Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road.
“I don’t believe it’s gonna affect me in any way.”