British boxer Josh Taylor made history as the UK’s first undisputed welterweight world champion.
The undefeated Scotsman of Edinburgh beat Jose Ramirez twice in Las Vegas on Saturday night to claim a unanimous points victory and become the first Briton to win the WBO, WBA, IBF and WBC welterweight world titles.
Taylor, 30, is just the fifth champion to hold all four belts in the sport, joining elite classmates Oleksandr Usyk, Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor and Terence Crawford.
He is also the first Scotsman to be the undisputed world champion since Ken Buchanan won two belts 50 years ago.
Taylor and Ramirez of Calif. Won two titles and unbeaten records in the ring, while Taylor also retained the Ring Magazine belt.
Speaking after his win, Taylor said, “I’m ecstatic. I’ve trained my whole life for this. I’ve dedicated my whole life to this moment.
“I’ve dreamed about it so many times, man. I’m so, so happy. I’m over the moon. I’ve been training for this moment my whole life.”
Ramirez gave Taylor a run for his money, giving up some heavy shots in the third and fourth rounds before the Scotsman caught up with Ramirez with a left counter-hook in the sixth round.
In the seventh round, an uppercut from Taylor rocked Ramirez again and Taylor was then in charge, managing to dodge his opponent’s attempts to clinch a late knockout.
Taylor apologized to Ramirez after entering fight mode during the first confrontation and weigh-in.
“I only have love for Ramirez. This week has not been a lack of respect,” he said.
“It was all part of the mind games to get into his head, to make him more eager to jump on me and be more aggressive, to use his aggression against …”
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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 07:21:00