A CHANCE to write himself into the history books awaits Josh Taylor in the early hours of Sunday.


The world champion boxer will step into the ring against Jose Carlos Ramirez in Las Vegas, with all four of the super lightweight division’s belts on the line.

The Taylor-Ramirez fight will be only the seventh time since the fourth and youngest of the four main sanctioning bodies, the WBO, was formed in 1988 that all four world title belts in a men’s weight division have been on the line.

Victory for Taylor would see him become the first fighter from Scotland or the UK to hold all four world title belts in any division.

Taylor, who is the IBF and WBA super lightweight champion, and Ramirez, who holds the WBC and WBO super lightweight world title belts, both come into the bout with perfect records.

Thirty-year-old Taylor has stopped 13 of his 17 opponents, while Ramirez has stopped 17 of his 26 rivals.

Taylor, who grew up in Prestonpans and now lives in Haddington, was understandably looking forward to the contest.

He told IFL TV: “I’ve trained hard and done everything I can do to the best of my ability.

“This is the best prepared I have ever been and I’m going to enjoy the ride.”

Taylor, who made his professional debut in Texas with a second-round stoppage of Archie Weah in July 2015, has faced undefeated boxers in his last four bouts.

First, he stopped American Ryan Martin in the seventh round of the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) in Glasgow in November 2018.

Then, he became a world champion for the first time when he lifted the IBF super-lightweight title with victory over Belarus’ Ivan Baranchyk in the same city in May 2019, in the WBSS semi-finals.

Victory over highly rated American fighter Regis Prograis in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in October 2019 then gave Taylor – who won a gold medal in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games to conclude a stellar amateur career – the WBA super lightweight title as well as The Ring super lightweight belt.

He retained all three of those belts with a first-round stoppage of Thailand’s Apinun Khongsong in September last year to set up the unification bout with America’s Ramirez – who did not take part in the World Boxing Super Series.

Taylor, known as The Tartan Tornado, said: “This is a colossal fight, not just for myself but for all of Scotland.

“I’d be the first person in Scotland to be a four-belt undisputed world champion, and the first undisputed champion since Ken Buchanan.

“To make sporting history and go into the history books is massive and gets my juices flowing.

“I’ve always dreamed of being undisputed champion and if you had told me a few years ago I’d nearly be here I wouldn’t have believed you.

“On paper, Ramirez is my toughest fight to date.

“He’s a unified world champion and a decorated fighter, but I can’t see him beating me, I can’t see it at all.”

Ramirez, 28 won the WBC super lightweight title with victory over Amir Imam in 2018. Since then, he has successfully defended the title five times.

In July 2019, Ramirez, of California, stopped Maurice Hooker to lift the WBO super lightweight title.

The winner of Taylor and Ramirez will become the first undisputed super lightweight champion since Terence Crawford in 2017.

How can I watch it?

Sadly - and very disappointingly - no UK broadcasters are showing the fight, which is expected to start at about 4am on Sunday morning UK time.

However, it can be watched through streaming service Fite TV for about £10 ($12.99).

BBC Radio Five Live also has free live commentary, with coverage starting at 2.30am via the BBC Sounds app: bbc.in/5live