‚The Tartan Tornado’ Josh Taylor puts in an amazing performance against Jose Ramirez at the Virgins Hotel in Las Vegas, beating him on a close unanimous decision with three scores of 114-112 and unifying the WBA, WBO, IBF & WBC belts to become the only undisputed champion in Britain.
The undefeated Scotsman was having a few difficulties in the early rounds with Ramirez putting on that relentless pressure and forcing Taylor to box on the back foot, however those were close round either way as he kept countering Ramirez’s left hook with his own hook in a southpaw stance. Later in round 5, Taylor responded with his jab and excellent counterpunches.
Then in the end of the 6th after an even exchange of punches, Taylor catches Ramirez with a check left hook on the chin, which subsequently dropped him face forward. The same thing happened in the 7th round when Taylor released himself from a clinch and landed a sublime left uppercut on Ramirez landing on the canvas for the second time. After that knock down it was clear that Ramirez did not fully recover until the 9th or 10th round throwing slow and inconsistent punches, and Taylor exploited that opportunity until the later rounds.
In the championship rounds 10 through 12, Ramirez came back strong to win most of the rounds and even hurt Taylor a couple times pushing him against the ropes, but couldn’t score enough points to get the decision.
Even though it was a close fight, Taylor was undoubtedly the winner after getting the two knockdowns and merits the victory as well which puts him on the top 5 pound-for-pound list in boxing, and the only boxer holding the undisputed title since Oleksandr Usyk in 2018.
Now with Josh Taylor being one of the biggest names in Boxing, he has numerous options out there like moving up to the Welterweight division and facing the American champions like Crawford, Garcia or Broner.
Conversely he would need to face his mandatory Jack Catterall or maybe even wait for Teofimo Lopez to move up in weight and challenge him for all the belts!
Nonetheless, Taylor should be very proud for what he has achieved in just 18 fights and will continue chase greatness for many years to come