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Josh Taylor is no longer undisputed champion as the WBA suggests he was stripped of the world title, but he insists he left it voluntarily


Josh Taylor is no longer the undisputed world welterweight champion as he no longer has the WBA title.

The sanctioning body posted a tweet on Saturday suggesting they had stripped their champion, although he has since insisted he voluntarily vacate the belt.

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Tayor is no longer the undisputed champion

Taylor won the IBF title for the first time by beating Ivan Baranchyk in 2019.

He unified later that year with a victory over WBA champion Regis Prograis.

Then Taylor edged out Jose Ramirez in 2021 to add the WBC and WBO belts to his collection, becoming the undisputed champion of all four belts.

In his first defense however, the Scot came up against mandatory challenger Jack Catterall in February.

Catterall proved to be Taylor’s toughest test to date, with many believing the challenger had done more than enough to win the fight.

Controversially, the champion retained his titles by split decision.

Josh Taylor is no longer undisputed champion as the WBA suggests he was stripped of the world title, but he insists he left it voluntarily

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The vast majority of observers felt that Catterall had won

In the aftermath, he said he would most likely move up to welterweight and vacate all of his belts.

However, no confirmation of this followed.

The WBA responded to all of this by ordering Taylor to defend against their proxy Alberto Puello next.

At the same time, the WBC ordered him to defend himself against his agent Jose Zepeda.

The WBA’s mandatory fight went to purse bids, which Puello’s representatives won unopposed.

Josh Taylor is no longer undisputed champion as the WBA suggests he was stripped of the world title, but he insists he left it voluntarily

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Taylor is still WBC, IBF and WBO champion as it stands, his next move unclear

Now, with Taylor giving no indication he’s going to take this fight, they’ve released a tweet suggesting he’s been stripped.

The WBA tweet read: “The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee, in accordance with the organisation’s rules, has decided that the welterweight title, held by Scotsman Josh Taylor, is vacant. “

However, Taylor replied that it was his decision and not theirs.

He said: “FYI, I left him the belt that I [wasn’t] bare…

“I spoke with them last week. I left her.

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