October 5, 2022

Josh Taylor now seems to be set to remain at super-lightweight (140lbs) and is in talks to defend his WBC, IBF and WBO world titles in opposition to Jose Zepeda subsequent.

Todd DuBoef of High Rank (Taylor’s promoters) has revealed that discussions are underway for the Scottish champion to tackle his WBC necessary challenger within the coming months.

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Taylor is the WBC, IBF and WBO super-lightweight world champion, although the WBA belt he as soon as owned is now vacant

DuBoef instructed Sky: “Zepeda is coming off a struggle of the yr efficiency in opposition to Ivan Baranchyk and a first-round KO of Josue Vargas in October.

“These collectively have earned him the necessary place to Josh’s WBC crown.

“We’re working with each groups to place this struggle on subsequent.”

Following his controversial win over Jack Catterall in February, Taylor said that he was anticipating to maneuver as much as welterweight (147lbs), therefore why a a lot desired rematch was unlikely.

It appears this is not going to be the case in any case, although nonetheless no rematch seems to be forthcoming.

Catterall reacted to this information by mocking Taylor’s ‘Tartan Twister’ nickname as he tweeted a rooster emoji with the hashtag: “#TartanTornA***gap.”

Catterall appeared to have clearly done enough to beat Taylor


Catterall appeared to have clearly finished sufficient to beat Taylor

Taylor was undisputed champion when he confronted Catterall, although that is now not the case because the WBA belt is now vacant.

The sanctioning physique put out a tweet on Saturday which prompt they’d stripped Taylor, although he has since insisted he vacated the belt voluntarily.

Taylor first received the IBF title by beating Ivan Baranchyk in 2019.

He unified later that yr with a win over WBA champion Regis Prograis.

Then, Taylor outpointed Jose Ramirez in 2021 so as to add the WBC and WBO belts to his assortment, turning into undisputed four-belt champion.

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Zepeda was floored three times in his crazy win over Baranchyk in 2020

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Zepeda was floored 3 times in his loopy win over Baranchyk in 2020

Zepeda scored five knockdowns of his own, including this KO

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Zepeda scored 5 knockdowns of his personal, together with this KO

In his first defence although, the Scot got here up in opposition to WBO necessary challenger Catterall, who many felt had finished greater than sufficient to win the struggle.

Controversially, the champion retained his titles by break up determination.

As he mentioned he would almost definitely transfer as much as welterweight after the struggle, the WBA reacted by ordering Taylor to defend in opposition to their necessary Alberto Puello subsequent.

On the identical time the WBC ordered him to defend in opposition to their necessary Zepeda.

The WBA’s necessary bout went to purse bids, which Puello’s representatives received unopposed.

Taylor looks to be staying at super-lightweight

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Taylor seems to be to be staying at super-lightweight

With Taylor giving no indication that he’s going to take this struggle, they put out a tweet which prompt he’d been stripped.

The WBA’s tweet learn: “The World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) Championships Committee, in accordance with the organisation’s guidelines, has determined that the super-lightweight title, which was held by the Scottish Josh Taylor, is vacant.”

Nonetheless, Taylor replied to say that this was his determination and never theirs.

He mentioned: “FYI, I vacated it the belt I [wasn’t] stripped…

“I spoke with with them final week. I vacated it.”

Regardless, Taylor nonetheless owns three world titles and appears prone to defend them in opposition to Zepeda subsequent.

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