Scotland’s Josh Taylor has now vacated his IBF title at 140-pounds, leaving his WBO strap as the remaining piece of his once undisputed super-lightweight crown. The decision comes following the governing body’s ordering of a fight against Argentinian Jeremias Ponce, who would be the Scot’s next mandatory challenger.
Highly-respected boxing writer Dan Rafael confirmed the news, stating that Top Rank, Taylor’s promoter, have informed the IBF of the Scot’s decision as a rematch with Jack Catterall appears to be edging ever closer. Taylor’s hand was controversially raised at the end of twelve pulsating rounds in Glasgow where many felt the Englishman deserved the decision, with the Scot looking to draw a line under his rivalry with the Chorley man with a more convincing performance second time round.
Taylor previously dropped the WBC and WBA versions of the world championship at 140-pounds also due to mandatory commitments forced upon him, a decision which should be applauded with Taylor seeking the one fight that the majority of fans want to see following the ending of the first fight six months ago as opposed to simply bowing down to the rulings of governing bodies whose ranking systems are often flawed and deliver fights for which there is little desire for from those in the sport.