Josh Taylor Defeats Jose Ramirez to Become Undisputed Super Lightweight Champion
WBA/IBF champion Josh Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) added another world title to his collection as he was victorious in winning a unanimous decision over WBC/WBO king Jose Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night inside The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. It was a tough scrap as Taylor dropped Ramirez twice in the fight but the. All three judges scored the fight 114-112 as Taylor adds the WBC and WBO titles to his collection as he becomes the undisputed super lightweight champion.
Taylor said, “I’m ecstatic. I’ve trained my whole life for this. 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.
La Puente's super lightweight Jose “Chon” Zepeda (34-2, 26 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (31-9-1, 14 KOs) in the co-feature.
Junior welterweight Kenneth “Bossman” Sims Jr. (16-2-1, 5 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez (11-1-1, 10 KOs) in pulling the upset over the prospect. Scores were 78-74, 78-74, and 76-76.
Featherweight Jose Enrique Vivas (21-1, 11 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Louie Coria (12-5, 7 KOs) in going eight rounds. Coria dropped Vivas twice in round three. Vivas was also deducted a point for a low blow in round four. Scores were 75-74 3x for Vivas.
Unbeaten local junior lightweight Andres Cortes (14-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Eduardo “Thunder” Garza (15-4-1, 8 KOs) over eight workmanlike rounds. Scores 77-75, 78-74, 79-73.
Two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (7-1, 4 KOs) won a decision over Ryan Allen (10-5-1 5 KOs) going six rounds. Scores: 60-53, 60-53, and 59-54.
Unbeaten lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jose Luis Gallegos (20-11, 15 KOs). Time was 1:40.
Middleweight Javier “Milwaukee Made” Martinez (4-0, 2 KOs), who was once the top-ranked American amateur at 165 pounds, stopped Calvin Metcalf (10-6-1, 3 KOs) at 1:33 of round four.