There have only been five undisputed world champions in the four-belt era. Shockingly, the last two, are of the same weight class. The 140-pound division. Josh Taylor joins Terence Crawford as the only other super lightweight undisputed champion in the four-belt era. Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins did the trick in the middleweight division and Oleksandr Usyk in the cruiserweight division. Taylor completed the grand slam of 140-pound titles by outpointing and incredibly game Jose Carlos Ramirez. The Tartan Tornado not only joins the elite group of four belt undisputed champs but also moved his record to 18-0 (13), makes his argument for the greatest Scottish fighter of all time, and takes home our Fighter of the Week award.
The Tartan Tornado had fought just one single round since his epic battle with Regis Prograis 19-months ago. He abruptly ended Apinun Khongsong’s world title aspirations with a perfectly placed body shot. So it stood to reason there would be a degree of ring rust. This was not the case at all, Taylor dominated the opening moment with quick, lighting jabs, from the southpaw stance. Successfully keeping the aggressive Ramirez at bay. However, Ramirez was able to get on the inside through rounds two and four and the two exchanged both from all ranges. Taylor seized control of a very even fight in round six when a massive left hand just seconds into the round dropped Ramirez like a building collapsing on itself. Taylor dropped his man again with a vicious uppercut that looked like it was going to the end of the night. However, Ramirez willed himself back to his feet and survived the round on wobbled legs. The Scotsman let off the gas the final six minutes of the fight, allowing Ramirez to make it competitive of the cards, which were unanimously 114-112 in favor of the Scotsman. The two knockdowns were ultimately the difference.
Taylor has gone from a guy that was hard to match, without a ton of appeal in the UK and almost none in the US to a bonafide superstar in just about a year and a half. He is now in the catbird seat and can weigh offers from a litany of fighters. The likely next step will be one of the following three fighters. WBO mandatory Jack Catterall, a fight likely for as soon as July as per multiple sources or mega fights with lightweight kingpin Teofimo Lopez, who was our fighter of the year award winner in 2020, and has “kinda-sorta” unified all four belts at the weight class just south of 140. Crawford, who unified all four Super Lightweight belts back in 2017 and has held a welterweight belt since 2018, is the fight that Taylor wants most. Bud has been unable to secure a huge megafight with a top-notch opponent. A fight with fellow pound-for-pound elite Josh Taylor would be a legacy fight for both men, it would also be a box office blockbuster and likely career-high purse for each man. Each man is also on the Top Rank side of the promotional street. So the fight seems highly possible if not highly likely to happen as soon as late 2021.