Josh Taylor Loses Undisputed Status After Being Stripped Of WBA Title
Josh Taylor is no longer the undisputed light welterweight champion.
Taylor was stripped of his WBA title after he refused a mandatory defense against Alberto Puello, the sanctioning body announced on Saturday.
Taylor is coming off his first defense of his undisputed status, which was surrounded by controversy.
The Scottish native met Jack Catterall in February and the latter seemed to have done enough to upset the champion, according to many boxing fans and critics, but Taylor walked away with a split decision victory.
The result caused an uproar in – what fans call – a growing problem with boxing’s judging system.
After Taylor’s 19th consecutive win, he indicated that he wasn’t sure if he would continue with his undisputed status, citing – what he describes – expensive costs to continue holding onto all four belts. He said he is considering moving up to welterweight to challenge WBO champion Terence Crawford.
But, aside from responding to controversy, Taylor has been rather quiet regarding his undisputed status.
Taylor won his first title in 2019 and later collected two more belts with a May 2021 win over Jose Ramirez to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion.
A purse bid was brought to the floor to secure the rights to the Taylor-Puello WBA mandatory title fight. This bid was won by TGB Promotions and it came with a deadline of 20 days to approve the final contracts. The deadline expires on May 19.
Puello’s side has negotiated all the terms and now awaits the next decisions.
Now, Puello, of the Dominican Republic will now fight Ismael Barroso of Venezuela for the vacant WBA belt.