Josh Taylor wins undisputed title by unanimous decision
LAS VEGAS — In a fight deserving of an undeniable title battle, Josh Taylor utilized a set of knockdowns and some crisp boxing to beat Jose Ramirez and end up being the undeniable incredibly light-weight champ Saturday at the Virgin Hotel.
Judges Steve Weisfeld, Tim Cheatham and Dave Moretti all had it 114-112 for Taylor. Yahoo Sports likewise scored it 114-112 for Taylor.
“I’ve trained for this all my life,” a psychological Taylor stated.
Ramirez came out tough and was doing terrific work to Taylor’s body. However Taylor changed, utilizing his straight left to keep Ramirez from entering, and turned the battle in his favor.
The decisive points came on knockdowns in the sixth and seventh rounds. In the sixth, they were fighting in Taylor’s corner early in the round. Ramirez missed a wild punch and Taylor ripped him with a left cross that put the Californian on the seat of his pants.
In the seventh, they were battling on the inside when Taylor fired the left uppercut from hell. He caught Ramirez on the chin and dropped him. Ramirez would have been stopped had there been much more time left, but by the time referee Kenny Bayless restarted the bout, there were less than 10 seconds left.
Ramirez showed his grit by finishing the battle firing punches.
“I have nothing but respect for Ramirez,” Taylor said. “Nothing but love and respect for that man.”
The fight was only the second fight for the undisputed 140-pound title in the division’s history. Terence Crawford knocked out Julius Indongo on Aug. 19, 2017, to unify it for the first time.
This was a battle of unbeaten champions, each of whom brought two belts into the fight. Taylor boxed better, used his jab well and countered smartly.
Ramirez kept trying, but the snap left his punches after the knockdowns and Taylor took advantage of it.
Ramirez had actually to respect Taylor’s left hand and was unable to work the body the way he had earlier in the battle.
However it was a timeless back-and-forth fight that deserved its status.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.