- ESPN Staff Writer
- Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News
- University of North Texas graduate
LAS VEGAS — Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez’s undisputed junior welterweight title fight lived up to billing.
Only one could make history, though, and remain undefeated on Saturday night. Taylor did enough to pick up the unanimous decision at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, winning 114-112 on all three scorecards.
Taylor becomes only the sixth men’s boxer to claim undisputed champion status in the four-belt era (since 1988). Taylor also becomes the first Scottish fighter to hold all four titles in any division.
Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) used two big rounds in the middle of the fight to give him enough cushion for the victory. In the sixth round, Taylor dropped Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) with a short left hand that didn’t appear to significantly hurt the Mexican-American fighter out of Avenal, California.
But in the seventh round, Taylor caught Ramirez with a shot that almost forced a stoppage. As the two men came out of a clinch, Taylor unleashed a left uppercut from distance that landed flush on Ramirez’s chin. Ramirez staggered to get to his feet and was able to survive the final few seconds of the round.
While Ramirez was able to steady himself the rest of the fight, he wasn’t able to sting Taylor, who circled Ramirez and boxed well from range. That game plan allowed Taylor to seal the historic victory.
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