Top Rank’s Bob Arum suggested in an interview with talkSPORT on Friday that Josh Taylor has, or plans to, vacate his IBF super-lightweight title ahead of an anticipated rematch against Jack Catterall.
The pair clashed across twelve pulsating rounds in Glasgow six months ago which concluded in controversial fashion as Taylor was adjudged a split-decision winner and retained his undisputed title at 140-pounds. Uproar followed and the two fighters have engaged in multiple verbal spats via social media ever since as a rematch appears to grow ever nearer, but the IBF threw yet another barrier up by announcing Jeremias Ponce as a mandatory challenger whom the Scot must face if he is to keep his belt.
Taylor’s promoter Arum told talkSPORT that Catterall will be next for the ‘Tartan Tornado’ and that only the WBO strap will be on the line when the two Brits collide for a second time. Taylor also vacated the WBC and WBA straps due to their enforcement of mandatory commitments as the Scot looks to put any doubts about him to bed in a second fight with the Chorley man.