Taylor vacates IBF crown as rising stars Dubois and Dixon are ordered to contest vacant title

Katie Taylor has made up her mind on which weight division she wants to resume her career in.

The two-weight undisputed champion has formally vacated her IBF lightweight title, last defending her undisputed championship in October of 2022 against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal.

In May of 2023, Taylor moved up to the 140-pound division to challenge her promotional stablemate Chantelle Cameron in Dublin in what was marked as her homecoming
event and boxing for the first time as a professional in her native Ireland.

Taylor dropped a majority decision defeat to Cameron in a fan-friendly and passionate affair.

Ultimately, Taylor would have her crowning glory against Cameron in a November rematch return in Dublin, producing a much-improved performance and reversing the majority decision
from one against her to one in her favour.

Pressure had begun circulating Taylor by the governing bodies, predominately the WBO and the IBF, for Taylor to decide which weight class she would like to proceed with her career

That decision has now seemingly been made.

Sky Sports has reported that the IBF has ordered former GB Olympian and rising star Caroline Dubois to contest the vacant title against fellow Briton and undefeated fighter Rhiannon Dixon.

No other titles have been relinquished at the time of publication.

Dubois, promoted by Ben Shalom’s Boxxer, had a significant breakout year in 2023, which saw the talented 22-year-old headline her first promotion in September against Magali Rodriguez, claiming a minor world title in the process of victory.

Unbeaten as a professional in eight fights, Dubois featured prominently as part of the supporting cast to Claressa Shields’s triumphant, undisputed victory against Savannah Marshall at the 02 Arena in October of 2022.

Dixon, unbeaten in nine fights as a pro, is the current reigning EBU lightweight champion and is signed to the Matchroom Boxing promotional stable.

Trained by former WBA world lightweight champion Anthony Crolla, Dixon began her career on the ‘small hall’ domestic circuit in the North-West of England.

Dixon claimed her career-best win to date in her last outing in September against former world title challenger Katharina Thanderz.