WBO Gives Katie Taylor 10 Days To Decide Between 135 Or 140-Pound Title Defense

Katie Taylor has been given ten days by the WBO to vacate either her 135 or 140-pound belt.

The news arrives after her majority-decision win over Chantelle Cameron to become the new undisputed junior welterweight champion. That victory made Taylor undisputed for a second time, following her accomplishments at lightweight. And in doing so, it avenged the loss that Taylor had suffered against Cameron the first time around. However, the fight was not without controversy. Cameron had a first-round knockdown dismissed, with the referee ruling it a slip, despite a clear punch being landed.

Nevertheless, Taylor managed to get over the line. In the aftermath, Eddie Hearn confirmed that a rematch could take place at Croke Parke for a trilogy. And a decision will have to be made soon following the WBO’s request that Taylor vacate one of her belts. Since she is undisputed at 135 and 140 pounds, the boxer cannot defend both belts. Therefore, the fighter was given ten days from the order to make up her mind.

“If Katie Taylor wins the bout against Cameron, she has up to 10 days thereafter to determine which weight division she will retain. Failure to comply with such conditions will result in the Committee proceeding per WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.

“Consequently, in light of the foregoing, Katie Taylor must decide within the timeframe provided in the referenced provision which weight division she will retain, either the Lightweight or Jr. Welterweight division,” WBOstated 

A defense at 135 could line up a rematch with Amanda Serrano after Taylor had secured a split-decision win in 2022. And prior to the Cameron fight, they had agreed a rematch. However, Serrano would pull out due to an injury. However, a trilogy with Cameron at 140 would settle their rivalry once and for all, given that it stands at 1-1.

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