Sport : Josh Taylor defeats Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision to become Britain’s first undisputed world champion

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Scotland’s Josh Taylor defeats Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision with three scores of 114-112 to become the undisputed world super-lightweight champion, unifying the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles in Las Vegas

Josh Taylor floored Jose Ramirez twice in an epic unanimous decision victory to become Britain’s first undisputed world champion in the four-belt era.

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The undefeated Scotsman dropped Ramirez in the sixth and seventh rounds to seal a 114-112 verdict on all three of the scorecards as Taylor unified
the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO world super-lightweight titles in Las Vegas.

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Taylor is only the fifth champion to hold all four belts in the sport, joining fellow elite fighters such as Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk and American Terence Crawford.

“I’m ecstatic. I’ve trained my whole life for this,” Taylor said. “I’ve dedicated my whole life for this moment.
I’ve dreamt of it so many times over, man.
I’m so, so happy. I’m over the moon. I’ve trained for this moment all my life.

“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.

“I thought the scorecards were a little tight. 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.”

 

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