WBA/IBF champion Josh Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) seized the opportunity to become undisputed with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC/WBO king Jose Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Two knockdowns in the middle sector of the contest was enough to settle the dispute of one of the rarest occurrences in boxing, to be undisputed. 114-112 on all three scorecards was rendered, perhaps a little too close in some peoples opinion.
In the sixth round, southpaw Taylor dropped Ramirez courtesy of a short left counter shot, Ramirez was able to survive the rest of the round but made his second visit of the canvas in the seventh from a beautiful left uppercut, this time the shot was more damaging, witnessing Ramirez rise on unsteady legs but with ten seconds remaining Taylor was unable to seal the deal.
Ramirez tried in vein to turn the tide but Taylor stayed at range using his jab and movement to crown himself king of the 140lbs division.
“I thought the scorecards were a little tight” said Taylor “I thought they were well wider than that. I wasn’t too happy with the selection of the judges, but I wasn’t going to moan. I was confident in winning this fight anyway”
“I’ve got nothing but love for Ramirez. This week was no disrespect. It was all part of the mind games to get in his head, to make him more eager to jump in at me and be more aggressive, to use his aggression against him.”
Promoter Bob Arum added, “What a sensational fight. Both men should be applauded, and a hearty congratulations to the new undisputed champion, Josh Taylor. The future is bright for both warriors.”
“He took advantage of some of those clinches but, hey, I got back up and tried to give it my best and stay smart,” said Ramirez afterward. “I was never hurt. I was aware. I was just disappointed every time it happened. I tried to shake it off and get back to my rhythm. But it was overall a good fight. Hopefully, I get back and I learn from my mistakes. You win some and you lose some.
“I felt like I landed some clean shots. It came down to the clinches. He would let his hands go as soon as he got his chance and I think I left it to the referee to do his part and it was a lack of experience on my part.”