Josh Taylor is stripped of his WBA super-lightweight title but Scotsman insists it was his decision

Josh Taylor is stripped of WBA super-lightweight title almost three months on from controversial win over Jack Catterall… but Scottish fighter insists it was his decision to vacate the belt

  • Josh Taylor’s last defence of title came in controversial win over Josh Catterall
  • The WBA had ordered a mandatory fight between Taylor and Alberto Puello 
  • Governing body stripped title ‘due to the lack of response from Taylor’s team’
  • Taylor has taken to social media to claim it was his decision to vacate the belt 

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

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

The WBA had ordered a mandatory fight between Taylor, 31, and the first-ranked challenger Alberto Puello of the Dominican Republic.

Josh Taylor has been stripped of his WBA super-lightweight title, the governing body have confirmed 

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

A statement from the organisation read: ‘The World Boxing Association (WBA) championships committee, in accordance with the organisation’s rules, has decided that the super lightweight title, which was held by the Scottish Josh Taylor, is vacant as of May 13.’

In response to the announcement, Taylor, 31, took to social media to insist he had made the decision himself.

In a post on Twitter, Taylor wrote: ‘FYI, I vacated it the belt I want (sic) stripped.’

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

But the Scottish fighter has taken to social media to claim it was his decision to vacate the belt

But the Scottish fighter has taken to social media to claim it was his decision to vacate the belt

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