According to BoxingScene, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) have ordered unified super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor to defend his title versus Argentina’s Jermemias Ponce next.
If Taylor is unable to fulfil his mandatory obligations, or chooses not to, then he will likely have to vacate the strap, leaving him the WBO belt as the single remaining piece of what once was his undisputed crown at 140-pounds.
The Scot has expressed a clear desire to fight England’s Jack Catterall in a rematch following his controversial victory over the Chorley man in February, and the latest mandatory forced upon him only presents another barrier to getting the fight the sport not only wants but needs.
While the governing bodies have an important obligation to ensure the sport continues to move forward, the ranking systems are clearly flawed and often force fights for which there is very little desire. A rematch with Catterall arguably trumps any of the matches mandated by the governing bodies so far and Taylor will surely want to rule out any doubt which has clouded his career ever since the decision in Glasgow six months ago.