Hours earlier than a rematch to hopefully crown boxing’s subsequent undisputed champion, one has been faraway from the combo.
Josh Taylor has been pressured to relinquish his WBA junior welterweight title for failure to adjust to an ordered obligatory title protection versus Dominican Republic’s Alberto Puello. Scotland’s Taylor (19-0, 13KOs) was given 20 days from the April 22 purse bid listening to—gained by TGB Promotions—to contractually conform to the combat to keep away from being stripped, as an alternative ignoring the order altogether and forcing the sanctioning physique to take motion.
“The World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) Championships Committee, in accordance with the group’s guidelines, has determined that the Tremendous Light-weight title, which was held by the Scottish Josh Taylor, is vacant,” Carlos Chavez, chairman of the WBA Championship Committee, confirmed Saturday afternoon.
Puello (20-0, 10KOs) will now await the order to face the following highest-ranked out there contender for the vacant WBA junior welterweight title. Venezuela’s Ismael Barroso (23-3-2, 21KOs) is at present the number-two contender; his representatives have confirmed to BoxingScene.com its plans to pursue the combat as soon as his quantity known as.
As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, Taylor-Puello was formally ordered March 8 and with a 30-day negotiation interval assigned to the obligatory title combat. The deadline got here and went with no deal in place, leading to a handbag bid listening to. TGB Promotions claimed the rights to the combat for $200,000 because the lone bidder through the April 22 purse bid. Due to Puello’s prior standing as an interim titlist, the Dominican southpaw was entitled to 45% of the quantity, or $90,000. Taylor was due the remaining 55%, or $110,000, although he would have earned at the very least his assured minimal via promoter Prime Rank had he gone via with the combat.
Puello—who’s promoted by Shuan Boxing—instantly agreed to all phrases however was pressured to attend out the 20-day interval and past as Taylor by no means signed the contract for the combat. As reported by BoxingScene.com on Thursday, Taylor understood the implications that might include not accepting the combat although he remained intent on holding onto the title till the WBA got here to gather.
That day has now arrived, leaving the game with one much less undisputed champion. The transfer comes hours earlier than the junior middleweight championship rematch between lineal/WBC/WBA/IBF champ Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18KOs) and WBO titlist Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12KOs) meet Saturday night on Showtime in hopes of absolutely unifying the division on the second attempt.
Taylor has held at the very least one main title since successful the IBF belt in a Could 2019 unanimous determination win over Ivan Baranchyk. He then claimed the WBA belt in a twelve-round, majority determination victory over Regis Prograis in October 2019 to unify the titles together with successful the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence 140-pound event.
Three extra fights have adopted, together with Taylor’s shut however clear factors win over Jose Ramirez of their four-belt undisputed championship conflict final Could 22 in Las Vegas.
Taylor stays the lineal/WBC/IBF/WBO junior welterweight champion. Nonetheless, the Scottish southpaw is at present on the clock for a WBC obligatory title protection versus former title challenger Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda (35-2, 27KOs) that was ordered on April 28. The combat will doubtless head to a Could 24 purse bid listening to absent a deal being reached within the subsequent ten days.
Puello gained the now-defunct interim WBA junior welterweight title in a twelve-round win over Jonathan Alonso in July 2019. Two defenses of the secondary belt adopted whereas ready out fights with Taylor or for the WBA ‘World’ junior welterweight title held by Mario Barrios after which Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
Not one of the fights materialized previous to Puello having his interim title standing eliminated as soon as the WBA eliminated the belt from circulation final August. Puello was put in because the obligatory challenger, at which level he referred to as for a combat with Davis who as an alternative dropped again right down to light-weight for a combat with Rolando Romero who in flip was changed by Isaac Cruz (23-2-1, 16KOs). Davis was permitted to carry onto his secondary WBA titles at 135- and 140-pounds via the December 5 combat with Cruz, which he gained by unanimous determination earlier than agreeing to relinquish the 140-pound title.
Puello then needed to wait out Taylor’s WBO obligatory title protection versus England’s Jack Catterall (26-1, 13KOs), which he gained by disputed break up determination on February 26 in Glasgow. The combat was delayed by greater than two months because of Taylor struggling a coaching camp harm final October in suspending their December 18 date. The event additional stalled Puello’s overdue title shot, although he was at all times on board to face Taylor for all the belts reasonably than anybody else for only one title.
“We needed the Taylor combat,” Belgica Pena, Puello’s promoter and head of Shuan Boxing, advised BoxingScene.com earlier within the week whereas awaiting a agency replace from the WBA. “However the necessary factor is that our fighter receives what he deserves.”
Puello will now obtain simply that, whereas Taylor figures out what to do along with his remaining titles.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox