Josh Taylor Claims He “Vacated” the Belt Following WBA Stripping Him Off of His Title News Broke Out

Published 05/15/2022, 7:33 AM EDT
Boxing – Josh Taylor Press Conference – Sports Direct New Flagship Store, London, Britain – June 22, 2021 Josh Taylor during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

A piece of shocking news paved in for the boxing fraternity when a staggering announcement regarding Josh Taylor went viral on the internet. The fans were shocked when the undisputed super lightweight champion was stripped off of his WBA super lightweight title. 

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Taylor became the undisputed super lightweight champion after defeating Jose Ramirez in 2021. Moreover, he defended his titles against Jack Catterall, which he won via a decision. 

 

A few months after his recent title defense, The World Boxing Association snatched away his title.

What could be the reason to sack the WBA super-lightweight belt from Josh Taylor?

According to the reports by Mirror, the World Boxing Association asked Taylor to defend his titles against Alberto Puello. Subsequently, in Taylor’s denial, the World Boxing Association decided to vacate his title. 

Boxing – Josh Taylor Press Conference – Sports Direct New Flagship Store, London, Britain – June 22, 2021 Josh Taylor poses after the press conference with his belts Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

On the other hand, ‘The Tartan Tornado’ has some different explanations for the sacking of his WBA title.

Josh Taylor’s reason for his title strip

After he handed over his WBA title, Taylor went on the internet to explain his reason. He tweeted, “FYI, I vacated it the belt I want stripped 😊😊👍🏼”

Similarly, Taylor responded to Dan Rafael’s tweet in which Rafael mentioned Taylor’s reason for his title loss, which went viral on the internet.

Taylor replied, “No Dan, o spoke with them a couple of weeks ago ands Told them I’m a vacating it 👍🏼”

Taylor cleared that there was no influence of any other party on his decision to hand over the WBA belt. Therefore, he approached the governing body of the World Boxing Association and vacated his title. 

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Well, the real reason is still undefined whether Taylor voluntarily handed over his title or the governing body of the WBA insisted on him for the same.

It will be interesting to watch Taylor thriving to claim the WBA belt to become the undisputed champion of the world once again. 

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What are your views on the controversy regarding Taylor’s title strip? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Mohit More

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Mohit More is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate of the International Institute of Sports Management, he is a sports enthusiast and has played boxing, cricket, and basketball at various levels. Mohit is a staunch follower of Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin.

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