Shock as Bray’s Katie Taylor is forced to give up one of her world titles
Bray Olympic hero and World Champion Katie Taylor has been forced to relinquish her most recent world title.
This evening it emerged Katie has vacated the WBO light welterweight title – also known as the super light-weight title – she won in November in order to maintain her status as the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.
It appears Katie had little option as WBO regulations stipulate that no boxer – either male or female – is permitted to hold more than one world title at the same time.
Under WBO rules, a boxer who wins a second title has 10 days to decide which title they want to relinquish. It has been confirmed that the WBO was in touch with the the county Wicklow fighter’s camp late last month to ascertain what they wanted to do.
It is understood Katie decided to retain the WBO lightweight belt as she already holds the WBA, the IBF and the WBC belts in the 135lb division and wants to continue to be marketed as the undisputed World lightweight champion.
Linardatou gets the opportunity to reclaim the title on February 8 in the US when she meets French boxer Prisca Viscot who has won 11 of her 17 fights.
Meanwhile, after an extended break with her family in Bray, Katie (pictured below with her father, Pete Taylor, in Bray recently) is due to return to her US training base in Connecticut early in the New Year.