Taylor vacates her second championship at lightweight

Katie Taylor has formally vacated a second lightweight title — the WBO championship — following her successful rematch against then undisputed super-lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron.

After earning a majority decision win over Cameron in 2023, avenging the majority decision loss earlier that year, Taylor won the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring female light welterweight titles — adding to her honors in the lower division.

She then had to decide which weight class she wished to continue her career in.

Last Week, Taylor (23-1, 6KOs) relinquished the IBF lightweight title, indicating that her future belonged at 140-pounds rather than 135.

The IBF has since ordered an all-British showdown between Caroline Dubois and Rhiannon Dixon to contest the now-vacant title. Eddie Hearn confirmed that Matchroom had submitted a substantial offer to Dubois and her promoter Ben Shalom.

Hearn also confirmed he is currently in talks with the owners of Croke Park, an 83,000-capacity stadium, as a proposed venue to host the possible trilogy bout between Taylor and Chantelle Cameron (18-1, 8KOs), which is being targeted for May.

A WBO Spokesman confirmed that Taylor has formally vacated her position as WBO lightweight champion after the rating organization gave a firm deadline of December 20 to decide her future.

According to The Irish Independent, the WBO has confirmed that they have received communication from Matchroom that confirmed Taylor’s decision to vacate the WBO lightweight title in favour of retaining the organisation’s super-lightweight title. 

Despite Taylor vacating the title, the WBO has so far not ordered the leading contenders within the WBO ratings, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal (21-1, 3KOs) and Beke Bas (18-0, 18KOs), to begin negotiations at the time of publication.

Taylor successfully defended the WBO lightweight title eight times, including wins against Natasha Jonas, Amanda Serrano, and Delfine Persoon twice.