HomeBoxing NewsJosh Taylor Drops Jose Ramirez Twice, Unifies Division With Unanimous Decision
Josh Taylor Drops Jose Ramirez Twice, Unifies Division With Unanimous Decision
May 23, 2021
Josh Taylor defeated Jose Ramirez with a unanimous decision to unify all four belts in the super lightweight or junior welterweight division on Saturday night 22/5.
The “Tartan Tornado” started the fight strongly in the opening rounds and dropped Ramirez twice in the sixth and seventh round respectively, en route to a 12 round unanimous decision victory at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Both fighters went in Unbeaten, Taylor made a difference, as he was able to recover from a very difficult third round, scoring two knockdowns and was able to hold on despite the late rally from Ramirez, earning a 114 – 112 on all cards from the Judges Tim Cheatham, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld.
Taylor defended the WBA , IBF and Ring Magazine junior welterweight belts and also won the the WBC and the WBO belts from Ramirez to become the first British undisputed champion of the four belt Era.
Taylor attains undisputed status in just his eighteenth outing as a professional and has joined the elite group of fighters, which includes former middleweight champions Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor, ex-junior welterweight champ Terence Crawford and onetime cruiserweight champ Oleksandr Usyk, who were able to fully unify all belts in the four belt Era.
The first five rounds were cagey and was mostly unpredictable with Taylor behaving a slight edge and Ramirez being aggressive. However, Taylor took control of the fight in the middle rounds, dropping Ramirez twice then went on to control the fight till the tent round, when Ramirez came back to live and dominated every bit of the remaining rounds.
Taylor moved well and troubled Ramirez with his ability to fight from the inside. The knockdowns emanated from the clinches, which were Ramirez resolve, whenever he was overwhelmed. The fight saw both fighters throw high volume of punches and it was understood, if they got exhausted but Taylor’s ability to sneak a big punch during a clinch made a lot of difference and catalysed the knockdowns.