Katie Taylor was given an additional fifteen days to confirm which of her two undisputed championship reigns she wishes to keep intact.
The ruling came upon request from her team and Matchroom Boxing for a 30-day extension of the WBO’s original order which carried a deadline for this Thursday.
“On December 4, 2023, this Committee confirmed receipt of email correspondence by Mr. Tom Dallas, on behalf of Matchroom Boxing and Katie Taylor requesting an additional 30-day extension to decide on whether the referenced fighter wishes to keep the WBO Lightweight or Jr. Welterweight Championship as per the notice letter issued in writing by the WBO on November 27, 2023,” WBO Championship Committee chairman Luis Batista-Salas stated to Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn in an official letter obtained by Boxing Scene. “Having considered Matchroom’s petition, this Committee hereby grants Katie Taylor a 15-day extension, effective immediately.
“Therefore, a final decision must be confirmed in writing by Team Taylor and/or Matchroom Boxing to the WBO no later than December 20, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Failure to comply with this order will result in Katie Taylor waiving all rights hereunder and with the Committee proceeding per WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.”
Ireland’s Taylor became the fully unified champion both at lightweight and junior welterweight, the latter achieved in a ten-round, majority decision victory over England’s Chantelle Cameron on November 25 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The feat saw Taylor avenge her lone career defeat.
However, her current status of overseeing two weight divisions is a violation of 5 of the WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests. The regulation states that no WBO champion can hold its titles in more than one weight division at a time.
Taylor will now have until December 20 to decide whether to remain at junior welterweight or return to lightweight, as it relates to her WBO title status.
No such instructions were yet handed down by the IBF or the WBA as this goes to publication.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman will not only refrain from making such a decision in the coming days but is already on record stating he will grant sufficient time for the 37-year-old icon to enjoy her victory lap.
Taylor (23-1, 6KOs) was faced with a similar decision following her WBO junior welterweight title win over Christina Linardatou. She entered their November 2019 meeting as the undefeated and undisputed lightweight champion with the intention of a one-off move up in weight. She outpointed Linardatou over ten rounds to become a two-division titlist but immediately vacated the 140-pound belt to resume her lightweight championship reign.
Saturday’s win saw Taylor avenge her lone career defeat. Cameron (18-1, 8KOs) claimed a majority decision victory on May 20—also at 3Arena for Taylor’s long overdue Ireland homecoming—to successfully defend her undisputed junior welterweight championship.
There was immediate discussion of a potential rubber match as the next fight for both Taylor and Cameron. Such a fight wouldn’t necessarily have to include every belt at stake, though Taylor and Matchroom now have two more weeks than expected to confirm the stakes for such an event.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox