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Josh Taylor Becomes Undisputed Champion, Outpoints Jose Ramirez In Las Vegas

On paper, Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez was a phenomenal fight that befitted a stage to crown an undisputed champion and after 12 rounds, Taylor accomplished just that.

Thanks to two knockdowns in the sixth and seventh round, Taylor narrowly outpointed Ramirez in an action-packed bout to become the undisputed WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine junior welterweight titles. All three judges scored the fight, which took place in Las Vegas, in favor of Taylor 114-112.

With the victory, Taylor is now the second person in boxing’s four-belt era to become an undisputed champion in the 140-pound division. The other fighter to do so was Terence Crawford, who knocked out Julius Indongo in the third round in Omaha, Nebraska back in 2017. 

The first half of the fight saw plenty of punches being thrown by both men, with Ramirez taking control with exceptional body work and pressure fighting. Taylor struggled at times to defend against Ramirez’s body work, but soon reversed his fortunes with his left hand.

Opening the sixth round, Taylor dropped Ramirez with a pull counter left hook, the first of two knockdowns in the fight. In response, Ramirez threw a furious flurry of punches which briefly got the better of Taylor.

The second knockdown came late in the seventh round when Taylor connected on a quick left uppercut. Ramirez struggled to take control of the fight and exert pressure on Taylor like he did in the first half of the fight. 

Still, Taylor had enough of a cushion on the scorecards heading into the championship rounds that a victory was all but secured unless Ramirez managed to score knockdowns. Ramirez was able to outwork and attack the body, but the much-needed knockdowns did not come.  

The 24 hours before fight night arrived was just as chaotic as the championship bout itself. Both fighters were jawing at each other after they both weighed in for the fight. As if that wasn’t enough, Taylor confronted both Ramirez’s manager over comments he made about the Scottish fighter and then Ramirez again, which resulted in a physical altercation that required both boxers to be separated.

As the undisputed champion, there are plenty of options for Taylor’s next fight. After the fight, Taylor did not specify what his future would be in regards to who he would face next.

Although multiple sanctioning bodies have been busy making title eliminators to make mandatory challengers for the evening’s winner, the WBO already has that settled. When Taylor and Ramirez agreed to the fight, the WBO said that the winner must face the highest-ranked available contender within 120 days. The No. 1 contender for the WBO title is undefeated contender Jack Catterall.

There’s also the possibility of Taylor moving up to 147 pounds for a potential showdown with Crawford, who is Taylor’s Top Rank stablemate and the WBO welterweight champion. Taylor going that route mirrors Crawford’s career path where he moved up to welterweight and beat then-WBO champion Jeff Horn after unifying the junior welterweight division in 2017.

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