Taylor WINS to become undisputed four-belt champion, flooring Ramirez twice en-route to points victory
Josh Taylor beat Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision to become undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super-lightweight world champion on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The 30-year-old became Scotland’s second ever undisputed king, emulating his hero Ken Buchanan, and the first to do it in the four-belt era.
The fight began with an intriguing opening three minutes as Taylor picked sharp, single body shots while Ramirez replied with a couple of bursts of volume punching.
Taylor continued his body assault to good success early in round two, though his opponent responded by coming on strong with accurate combinations.
Ramirez fired away in the third and appeared to momentarily hurt Taylor, who clung on towards the end of the session.
The Scot got back to his boxing at the start of round four, and hammered his Mexican-American foe with a series of hard body shots.
In the fifth, Taylor picked up a cut over his left eye from a clash of heads.
Ramirez appeared encouraged by this and charged forwards, continuing his relentless attack.
As they approached the halfway point, Taylor smashed Ramirez with a hard counter left which floored him for the first time in his career – a breakthrough moment in the fight.
Ramirez came back firing and survived the round, setting up a fantastic second half.
In round seven, Taylor put Ramirez down again and had him very badly hurt.
This time it was a short uppercut which left the Mexican-American on unsteady legs, but he just about made it to the bell.
The minute Ramirez had to recover in the corner proved crucial as he was able to battle through round eight without hitting the canvas again.
He valiantly continued through the ninth too, but had less and less success as Taylor exercised his dominance.
As they entered the championship rounds, both men understandably looked fatigued.
Ramirez had a better round in the tenth, but continued to leave himself open to stinging counter lefts.
Taylor controlled the majority of round eleven with Ramirez putting all of his energy into a late burst.
In the final three minutes Ramirez poured it on, knowing he surely needed a knockout for victory.
It never came and when the judges’ cards were read out Taylor was declared the winner: 114-112, 114-112, 114-112.
This crowned him undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super-lightweight champion of the world.
Taylor reacted: “I’m ecstatic. I’ve trained my whole life for this moment. I’ve dreamt of it so many times. I’m so, so happy.
“Mum, Dad, Finch, Danielle – I told you we’d do it, we’ve done it, all the hard work’s paid off. I love you so much.”