Ghanaian Boxer, Emmanuel Tagoe has been stripped off his IBO Lightweight title after failing to comply with the bodyâ€™s rules.
The controversial boxer was mandated by IBO to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Fedor Papazov not later than June 17th, but he failed to comply with the bodyâ€™s order.
However, the IBO Championships Committee has no other option than to take the title away from Tagoe.
A letter from IBO to the Ghana Boxing Authority, which was signed by the bodyâ€™s PresidentÂ Ed Levine read:
â€œI regret to inform you that on May 21st the IBO Championships Committee ordered that the IBO World Lightweight title held by Emmanuel Tagoe be vacated due to his failure to comply with the requirements of the IBO Championship Rules and Regulations.â€
Tagoe won the IBO belt in December 2016 after claiming a one-sided unanimous decision win over Mzonke Fana.
The James Town boxer made his first defense of his belt January this year â€“ he stopped Argentinaâ€™s, Fernando Saucedo.