Josh Taylor has been stripped of his WBA super-lightweight title, the governing physique introduced on Saturday, with the Scottish fighter since claiming he determined to vacate the belt.
Taylor’s most up-to-date defence got here throughout February in opposition to Jack Catterall, when he was awarded a controversial factors win in Glasgow.
The WBA had ordered a compulsory combat between Taylor, 31, and the first-ranked challenger Alberto Puello of the Dominican Republic.
Nevertheless, the governing physique mentioned “because of the lack of response from Taylor’s group” the choice was made to strip the Scottish boxer of his title.
Prolonged highlights of Josh Taylor’s controversial cut up determination victory over Jack Catterall.
A press release from the organisation learn: “The World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) championships committee, in accordance with the organisation’s guidelines, has determined that the tremendous light-weight title, which was held by the Scottish Josh Taylor, is vacant as of Might 13.”
In response to the announcement, Taylor, 31, took to social media to insist he had made the choice himself.
In a put up on Twitter, Taylor wrote: “FYI, I vacated it the belt I would like (sic) stripped.”
Taylor has an undefeated file by means of 19 fights and stays the IBF, WBO and WBC champion.