Taylor delivered a flawless performance fueled by back-to-back sixth and seventh-round knockdowns to propel himself to become the sixth man in boxing history to be crowned the undisputed champion.
Josh Taylor delivered an impressive performance for a king – the undisputed new king of the world’s junior welterweight.
Taylor dropped Jose Ramirez twice en route to produce a unanimous decision victory at the Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night. All three judges scored 114-112 in favor of Taylor, who became only the sixth man in boxing history to be crowned the undisputed champion of the modern four-belt era. Adding the WBC and WBO titles to his WBA and IBF bracelets, Taylor also joins Terence Crawford as the only two undisputed junior welterweight champions in soft science history.
“There is a new warrior king, and he is from Scotland,” proclaimed Taylor just after his victory. “Anyone who wants to fight … let’s go!”
Fireworks were traded in the first five rounds as Taylor got the better of the action behind the jab and boxing tactics – like a shoulder in the clinch to create space. Then, in the sixth round, Taylor began to change the complexion of the fight for good. He quickly dodged under a right hand from Ramirez before blowing him up a left counter-hook to mark the first knockdown of the fight seconds after the start of the round. Ramirez crashed face to face against the canvas but managed to survive the round.
That being said, things got worse for Ramirez in the seventh, when Taylor detonated a scintillating left uppercut, which he really wound up before landing it with dynamite.
The shot dropped Ramirez with a thud, and although he fought valiantly, winning even a few laps afterward, he couldn’t recover from the damage already done.
By giving Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) his first loss, Taylor improves to 18-0 with 13 KOs. Earlier in the week, Taylor opened up about the possibility of facing Crawford at some point in the near future, and it remains to be seen if that fight can come to fruition.
So far, here’s how the entire Taylor vs Ramirez main map has gone.