Josh Taylor put himself in elite company tonight, becoming either the fifth or sixth (depending on your belief in Teofimo Lopez’s claim) undisputed champion in men’s boxing in the four-belt era, beating Jose Ramirez to unify the 140 lb division.
Taylor (18-0, 13 KO) won on scores of 114-112 across the board, which is a close score and only stopped from being a draw by a pair of knockdowns — or, really, at least one of them — in the sixth and seventh rounds.
But there isn’t a lot of controversy shouting out there given the scoring, other than whether or not Taylor deserved to win by wider margins. (He thinks he did, and I agree, and I think a lot of people feel the same. I’m sure there are others who disagree, but it’s not becoming A Thing.)
While this wasn’t one of those mega-marquee blockbusters, it was a truly, hugely significant fight for two guys right in their primes, who put on a hell of a fight, and the boxing world was tuned in.
Here’s some of what was said after the dust settled from pros around social media.
Josh Taylor represented in Vegas!!!— Sergio Mora (@TheLatinSnake_) May 23, 2021
Alba gu bràth! #TaylorRamirez
I have Taylor winning clean but I could see one of these judges scoring it a draw— Jrock (@Jrockboxing) May 23, 2021
Congratulations @JoshTaylorBoxer— Callum Smith (@CallumSmith23) May 23, 2021
Undisputed champ. Unbelievable achievement. Take a bow
Josh Taylor P4P ranking, I’d say 5 or 6! Thoughts?— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) May 23, 2021
Josh Taylor could fight man! Congrats. Huge accomplishment— Joseph Diaz (@JosephDiazJr) May 23, 2021