Josh Taylor has been ‘stripped’ of the WBA title but the East Lothian boxing champ says he’s ‘vacated’ the belt.

Josh Taylor celebrates winning the junior welterweight bout against Jack Catterall.

The 31-year-old fighter’s last defense came against Jack Catterall in February when he was awarded a controversial points win in Glasgow.

There was great surprise in the Hydro arena when it was revealed that one judge had scored 113-112 in favor of the Englishman while the other two judges gave 114-111 and 113-112 to Taylor who has now won all 19 of his bouts .

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Cattarall made his thoughts clear to the judges, summing up his feelings by saying, “Dreams stolen.”

“You know what hurts the most, it wasn’t for me, I did this all for my family, my team, my city and my country,” Catterall wrote after the fight. “My little girl and my missing ones, our future. Today I should have woken up with all the belts. 15 months out of the ring, everyone wrote me off.

“F***** me every way I can for over two years, finally got the fight. Sacrificed everything to fight one of the best P4P fighters and taught him a lesson. For what. Boxing, shame on you.”

The WBA had ordered a competitive match between Taylor and first-line contender Alberto Puello of the Dominican Republic.

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However, the board said the decision to strip the East Lothian boxer of his title was made “due to a lack of response from Taylor’s team”.

A statement from the organization read: “The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championship Committee has decided, in accordance with the organization’s rules, that the super lightweight title, held by Scotsman Josh Taylor, is vacant as of May 13.”

In response to the announcement, Taylor, 31, took to social media to insist he made the decision himself.

In a post on Twitter, Taylor wrote, “FYI I cleared that belt I (sic) want off.”

Taylor is unbeaten in 19 fights and remains an IBF, WBO and WBC champion. Josh Taylor has been ‘stripped’ of the WBA title but the East Lothian boxing champ says he’s ‘vacated’ the belt.

Matthew Hallett

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