LAS VEGAS – In a struggle worthy of an undisputed identify struggle, Josh Taylor used some knockdowns and a few crisp boxing to defeat Jose Ramirez and develop into the undisputed Super Lightweight Champion on Saturday on the Virgin Hotel.
Judges Steve Weisfeld, Tim Cheetham and Dave Moretti all had 114-112 for Taylor. Yahoo Sports additionally scored 114-112 for Taylor.
“I’ve trained for it all my life,” stated an emotional Taylor.
Ramirez got here off arduous and was once doing a super process on Taylor’s frame. But Taylor adjusted, the usage of his immediately left to dam Ramirez from going inside of, and became the struggle in his desire.
The deciding issues got here on knockdowns within the 6th and 7th rounds. In the 6th, they had been preventing in Taylor’s nook originally of the spherical. Ramirez overlooked a wild punch and Taylor ripped him off with a left pass that put the Californian within the seat of his pants.
In the 7th, they had been scuffling with from the interior when Taylor fired the hell out of the left uppercut. He stuck Ramirez at the chin and dropped him. Ramirez would were stopped if there was once extra time left, however by the point referee Kenny Bayless resumed the bout, there was once lower than 10 seconds left.
Ramirez confirmed his persistence by means of completing the struggle with punches.
“I have nothing but respect for Ramirez,” Taylor stated. “Nothing but love and respect for that man.”
This struggle was once best the second one struggle for the undisputed 140-pound identify within the historical past of the department. Terrence Crawford knocked out Julius Indongo on August 19, 2017 to unite for the primary time.
It was once a combat of unbeaten champions, each and every of whom introduced two belts within the struggle. Taylor boxed neatly, used his jab neatly and countered cleverly.
Ramirez saved making an attempt, however Snape dropped his punches after the knockdown and Taylor took benefit.
Ramirez needed to admire Taylor’s left arm and was once not able to serve as the frame the way in which he had up to now within the struggle.
But it was once a vintage back-and-forth struggle that deserved its standing.
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