Only six other fights have taken place for all the marbles in the four-belt era of the last 33 years and this will be the first one involving a Brit, so it would be a huge achievement if Taylor can prevail in the light welterweight showdown.
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Only six other fights have taken place for all the marbles in the four-belt era of the last 33 years and this will be the first one involving a Brit, so it would be a huge achievement if Taylor can prevail in the light welterweight showdown.on TV inf
Josh Taylor's historic bout with Jose Ramirez will be broadcast by BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday morning.
Scotland's Taylor takes on American Ramirez in Las Vegas on Saturday night and coverage starts at 02:30 BST, with the fight set to start at 04:00.
Mike Costello and fellow 5 Live Boxing analyst Steve Bunce lead the coverage alongside trainer Joe Gallagher.
Josh Taylor's historic bout with Jose Ramirez will be broadcast by BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday morning.Scotland's Taylor takes on American Ramirez in Las Vegas on Saturday night and coverage starts at 02:30 BST, with the fight set to start at 04:00.Mi
Surprised no interest from Sky;BT .....Taylor had better win this, as if the main channels aren’t bothered about this fight it’s hard to see him getting a big payday if he has to drop a level.
Shame I can’t stay up for this.Surprised no interest from Sky;BT .....Taylor had better win this, as if the main channels aren’t bothered about this fight it’s hard to see him getting a big payday if he has to drop a level.
Josh Taylor delivered a titanic performance to become Britain's first undisputed world champion in the four-belt era after defeating Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision in an enthralling light-welterweight unification bout.
The Scot knocked down the American in Las Vegas with two devastating left hands on his way to recording a 114-112 score on all judges' cards.
Taylor, who is undefeated in 18 bouts after inflicting Ramirez's first loss, is just the fifth man in the sport to hold all four belts in a division.
Victory in the epic contest at the Virgin Hotel in Nevada, fewer than seven years on from winning gold at Glasgow's Commonwealth games as an amateur, means Taylor retains his IBF and WBA titles while adding the WBO and WBC belts to his cabinet.
Question marks were raised about the promotion of the event, billed as bout of the year, with fellow Brit Billy Joe Saunders fighting in front of a record indoor US crowd with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez a fortnight prior.
But there were no doubts about the quality fight fans were about to witness, with four world title belts on the line and two unbeaten records consisting of 43 contests between two pristine fighters in their prime.
There was everything to lose in Nevada, but glory was also within the grasp of two men at the peak of their powers.
Often fights with so much on the line can take time to heat up, but this one hurled out the blocks as the bell echoed out, both fighters catching each other with body shots early.
Underdog Ramirez started aggressively, catching Taylor with a jab late in the first round and continuing to impress in the second by giving the Scot trouble with a flurry of shots up against the ropes.
The American further pressed Taylor in the third, opening up and lunging forward to land a strong left hand before pressuring the Edinburgh fighter, again on the ropes, and ending the round with a strong uppercut.
Resurgent Taylor stirred from within Taylor almost looked overwhelmed at times with the 28-year-old's speed as both fighters exchanged tasty shots throughout the fourth, resulting in a cut opening above the Scot's left eye.
But despite the blood trickling down the 30-year-old's cheek, he composed himself to take a foothold in the fight. He came out swinging, landing a strong right hook and another left hand as the end of the fifth neared.
Then, knockdown number one. Within 15 seconds of the sixth round the Scot sent Ramirez to the canvas with a huge left hand coming over the top. But the American responded impeccably to get back on his feet quickly and smacked a right before the home favourite took another stinging left from the Scot to top an explosive round.
Taylor showed no signs of letting up and looked well in his groove as he earned a second knockdown in the seventh, thundering a shuddering uppercut to Ramirez. This time when he staggered to his feet Taylor aimed to end the fight, but the man scrambling from the canvas was saved by the bell.
The knockdowns saw Taylor up his levels and cranked him up in the scorecards as the see-sawing encounter shifted in the Scot's favour. He shone again in the eighth with another strong left hand the pick of the bunch.
With the effort both fighters put in early in the bout, fatigue was always likely to impact the occasion at some stage, and that started to become clear as Ramirez tried to gain back some control in the 10th, catching Taylor with a couple of jabs before landing a combination on him late in the round.
Ramirez had to come on strong in the closing rounds to stand a chance of leaving with all four belts, and he admirably drove himself on to jolt his opponent with a left hand in the 11th.
The American gave it his all and showed the heart we have become accustomed to with Mexican-American fighters, unloading in the last round as Taylor refused to over commit, protecting his lead to see out an historic win in a fight-of-the-year contender.
Both men raised their hands at the final bell, but it would be Taylor who would be crowned king of the division, becoming Scotland's second undisputed world champion, half-a-century after his idol Ken Buchanan.
'It might not happen again' - analysis BBC Radio 5 Live boxing pundit Steve Bunce: "It was a great fight. The pair of them showed fantastic skill. Ramirez showed amazing bravery and I think Taylor showed amazing accuracy. More than that we saw pride and desire for 36 minutes. It was a roller coaster.
"It might not happen again. We might not be standing here in five or 10 years talking about a kid achieving what he has done in 18 fights."
BBC Radio 5 Live boxing commentator Mike Costello: "I mentioned it would be one of the great achievements by any British sportsman or woman in recent years.
"Having seen it tonight, I stand by what I said. The first British fighter in the four-belt era to become an undisputed champion. One of the great performances overseas by a British boxer."
Boxing trainer Joe Gallagher: "Josh Taylor, take a bow son. What a career up until now. What a performance, an unbelievable achievement.
"What he has done tonight, he should be rewarded with all the awards at the end of this year. What a success story."
Josh Taylor delivered a titanic performance to become Britain's first undisputed world champion in the four-belt era after defeating Jose Ramirez by unanimous decision in an enthralling light-welterweight unification bout.The Scot knocked down the Am
Josh Taylor says he wants a fight with American Terence Crawford next after beating Jose Ramirez to unify the light-welterweight division.
The Scot knocked Ramirez down twice on the way to winning by unanimous decision at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
And now he is prepared to move up to welterweight to fight Crawford.
"I think two undisputed champions going at it at 147 pounds would be awesome, would be amazing," said Taylor.
"I'm not going to be short of options now, every fight is going to be huge. We'll take it and see what comes my way, we'll just ride the wave."
Taylor is now Britain's first undisputed world champion in the four-belt era after an enthralling fight against Ramirez, which took his record to 18 wins from 18.
He recorded 114-112 scores on all judges' cards to become just the fifth man in the sport to hold all four belts in a weight division; retaining his IBF and WBA titles and adding the WBO and WBC belts to his haul.
Ramirez hit the deck in the sixth round, and was toppled again in the seventh, with referee Kenny Bayless accused by the Scot of "giving" Ramirez an extra few seconds to recover which helped him get through the round.
"This has been 15 years in the making of hard work and dedication," said the 30-year-old. "It's finally paid off.
"I'm just so determined and my will to win is second to none. I did everything right this week. In the lead-up the plan was to get inside Ramirez's head and use his aggression against him and it worked well all week.
"I think the referee gave him too much time, it should have been fight over. If I had a little more time, he was really flailing, I feel the count was longer than it should have been."
'Now is the time to fight in Edinburgh' Edinburgh's Taylor has not fought in his hometown since November 2017, when he stopped Miguel Vasquez, and he says he would love to bring a big fight back to either Edinburgh Castle, or the home of his football heroes Hibernian.
"Now is the time to get that fight at Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road," he said. "I know Easter Road are going to be up for having me there and they've said it to me a few times.
"But I'd love to fight at Edinburgh Castle. I just think that would be iconic with the castle lit up in the background."
Taylor is Scotland's first undisputed world champion in 50 years, and he paid tribute to the last man to do it - fellow Edinburgh boxer Ken Buchanan.
"I did it just like you," he said. "I'll see you when I get home. Much love. He's a legend. You gave me so much inspiration to do it, and I'm just like you. See you soon, champ."
Josh Taylor says he wants a fight with American Terence Crawford next after beating Jose Ramirez to unify the light-welterweight division.The Scot knocked Ramirez down twice on the way to winning by unanimous decision at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas