Josh Taylor eyeing history against Jose Ramirez as Britain’s first undisputed champion in the four-belt era

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<p>Josh Taylor is out to make history in Las Vegas on Saturday night</p> (Getty Images)

Josh Taylor is out to make history in Las Vegas on Saturday night

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Josh Taylor has pledged to put his name in the history books when he faces Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old is bidding to become Britain’s first undisputed world champion in the four-belt era in his 18th professional fight.

And Taylor is confident he has done the preparation necessary to retain his WBC and IBF titles and take the WBC and WBO belts off the previously undefeated Ramirez.

“This fight means the world to me,” said Taylor. “To be the first person in the four-belt era in Scotland and from the UK, it is a massive piece of history.

“It puts my name in the history books as one of Scotland’s best-ever fighters and it’s a real honour and motivation for me to do this.

“I’m in this game to be the best and fight the best and leave my mark on boxing history. That’s why I’ve trained so hard for this fight and been away from home for about six months.”

Taylor won the IBF belt against Ivan Baranchyk back in May 2019 and five months later added the WBA title in defeating Regis Prograis, with both fights going the distance.

But the fight against Ramirez – his first since knocking out Apinun Khongsong within one round last September – is undeniably the biggest of his career.

Taylor added: “I’ve dedicated my whole adult life to the sport for this moment in time. I’m so confident, it’s just unbelievable. I know I’ve done everything right and to the best of my ability. I can’t wait to get in there.

“You’ve got to respect Jose Ramirez. He’s 26-0 and he’s beat everyone that’s been in front of him. But on Saturday night as soon as the first bell goes, it’s all out the window.”

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