Josh Taylor: WBA Announces Scot’s Super Lightweight Title Vacant | Boxing News

Josh Taylor has been stripped of his WBA super lightweight title, the governing body announced on Saturday, with the Scottish fighter claiming he has decided to leave the belt.

Taylor’s most recent defense came against Jack Catterall in February, when he was awarded a controversial points win in Glasgow.

The WBA had ordered a mandatory fight between Taylor, 31, and Dominican Republic’s first challenger Alberto Puello.

However, the governing body said that “due to the lack of response from Taylor’s team” the decision was made to strip the Scottish boxer of his title.

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Extended highlights of Josh Taylor’s controversial split decision win over Jack Catterall.

A statement from the organization said: “The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Commission has decided, in accordance with the rules of the organization, that the super lightweight title, held by Scotsman Josh Taylor, is vacant as of May 13. “

In response to the announcement, Taylor, 31, insisted via social media that he had made the decision himself.

In a post on Twitter, Taylor wrote: “FYI, I cleared it with the belt I want to strip (sic).”

Taylor has an undefeated record through 19 fights and remains the IBF, WBO and WBC champion.

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