Josh Taylor beat Jose Ramirez by unanimous determination to develop into undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super-lightweight world champion on Saturday evening in Las Vegas.
The 30-year-old turned Scotland’s second ever undisputed king, emulating his hero Ken Buchanan, and the primary to do it within the four-belt period.
The struggle started with an intriguing opening three minutes as Taylor picked sharp, single physique pictures whereas Ramirez replied with a few bursts of quantity punching.
Taylor continued his physique assault to good success early in spherical two, although his opponent responded by approaching robust with correct mixtures.
Ramirez fired away within the third and appeared to momentarily harm Taylor, who clung on in direction of the top of the session.
The Scot obtained again to his boxing at first of spherical 4, and hammered his Mexican-American foe with a collection of laborious physique pictures.
Within the fifth, Taylor picked up a reduce over his left eye from a conflict of heads.
Ramirez appeared inspired by this and charged forwards, persevering with his relentless assault.
As they approached the midway level, Taylor smashed Ramirez with a tough counter left which floored him for the primary time in his profession – a breakthrough second within the struggle.
Ramirez got here again firing and survived the spherical, organising a improbable second half.
In spherical seven, Taylor put Ramirez down once more and had him very badly harm.
This time it was a brief uppercut which left the Mexican-American on unsteady legs, however he nearly made it to the bell.
The minute Ramirez needed to get better within the nook proved essential as he was capable of battle via spherical eight with out hitting the canvas once more.
He valiantly continued via the ninth too, however had much less and fewer success as Taylor exercised his dominance.
As they entered the championship rounds, each males understandably regarded fatigued.
Ramirez had a greater spherical within the tenth, however continued to depart himself open to stinging counter lefts.
Taylor managed nearly all of spherical eleven with Ramirez placing all of his vitality right into a late burst.
Within the closing three minutes Ramirez poured it on, realizing he certainly wanted a knockout for victory.
It by no means got here and when the judges’ playing cards have been learn out Taylor was declared the winner: 114-112, 114-112, 114-112.
This topped him undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super-lightweight champion of the world.
Taylor reacted: “I’m ecstatic. I’ve skilled my complete life for this second. I’ve dreamt of it so many occasions. I’m so, so completely satisfied.
“Mum, Dad, Finch, Danielle – I advised you we’d do it, we’ve executed it, all of the laborious work’s paid off. I really like you a lot.”