Josh Taylor was crowned the undisputed super-lightweight world champion after out-pointing Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas last night.
The Scot knocked Ramirez down in the sixth and seventh rounds to add his rival’s two belts to his own pair of titles.
The judges were in agreement with Taylor given the nod by 114-112 on all three scorecards as he joined countryman Ken Buchanan as an undisputed ruler.
And in a nod to his predecessor, Taylor said: “I’m just like you, champ” as he collected his trophy haul.
Taylor edged a fast-paced opening round as the Scottish southpaw switched well between head and body.
There was no feeling-out process and Ramirez came on strongly in the second half of the second session.
And the Mexican-American was again the stronger in the third stanza, piling on the pressure in the dying stages.
Ramirez continued to trap Taylor against the ropes in the fourth round as he edged another round in front.
Taylor was cut around his left eye by the fifth but was able to stem the tide and reduce his arrears.
And he dropped Ramirez in the opening seconds of the sixth round with a big left hand to the chin – but his fellow champion was quickly on his feet.
Taylor was finding a home for his left hand as the fight as the momentum swung in his direction – and Ramirez was down again in the seventh, this time with an uppercut.
He was slower to his feet but was given plenty of time by referee Kenny Bayless and was able to see out the final seconds.
Taylor continued to assert his dominance in the eighth round with Ramirez struggling to respond.
A quieter ninth also went the way of the visitor to leave him nine minutes from victory.
Taylor continued to out-box Ramirez in the 10th until the final seconds when he was caught and momentarily knocked off his stride.
The Scot was forced to hold on in the penultimate round as Ramirez sought a strong finish in the championship rounds.
But Taylor kept largely out of trouble over the final three minutes before the judges delivered their verdicts.