Josh Taylor has been stripped of his WBA super-lightweight title, in response to the world governing physique.
Nonetheless, the Scottish fighter claims he made the choice to vacate the belt.
The WBA had ordered Taylor to make a compulsory defence of his title in opposition to Dominican Alberto Puello, who’s unbeaten in 20 fights.
Taylor received the belt in opposition to Regais Progais in 2019 and most just lately defended it in a controversial factors win over Jack Catterall in February.
“The World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) Championships Committee, in accordance with the group’s guidelines, has determined that the Tremendous Light-weight title, which was held by the Scottish Josh Taylor, is vacant,” mentioned a WBA assertion.
Taylor, 31, who’s unbeaten in 19 fights, nonetheless holds the IBF, WBO and WBC belts, however has hinted he might step up in weight to 147lbs.
After beating England’s Catterall he mentioned it was more likely to be his final bout at that weight.
The Scot held belts at a raucous OVO Hydro in Glasgow, regardless of most observers believing his opponent had claimed a surprising upset.
Two judges scored in favour of Taylor, who was floored within the eighth spherical, in a verdict met with widespread disbelief and described as “disgusting” by the Catterall camp.
“It is most likely my final struggle at 140, to be trustworthy, however we’ll see the way it goes,” Taylor instructed the BBC. “Anyone, anyone on this planet – 147, 140, I will struggle anyone.”