Argentine boxer Jeremias Ponce is paying very close attention to the world title situation with unified junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor.

Alberto Zacarias, the manager of Ponce, his boxer should be moved in position to fight for the title with Taylor's recent vacancies.

At the start of the year, Taylor was the undisputed world champion at 140-pounds.

The sanctioning bodies created a mandatory defense schedule - with the IBF being the last of the four obligations.

Taylor made his WBO mandatory defense in February, with a controversial twelve round split decision win over Jack Catterall.

But, the WBA disregarded the agreed-upon defense schedule and ordered Taylor to fight Alberto Puello. At the same time, the WBC ordered Taylor to fight Jose Zepeda. Taylor - in the last few weeks - has walked away from the WBC and WBA titles.

While all of this was going on, Ponce (30-0, 20 KOs) and Subriel Matias were ordered to fight for the interim-IBF title.

That scenario no longer works for Ponce's manager.

“Taylor was the unified champion of the division. But now he is no longer.... at least with the WBA and the WBC,” explains Zacarias to Carlos Irusta.

“When Taylor became the unified champion, Carlos Ortiz Jr, who is in charge of the International Boxing Federation championships, explained to us that each organization had a turn for the unified champion to defend the crown with his official challenger. As for the IBF, which has Jeremías Ponce as mandatory challenger, they came in last place, we understood and accepted that regulatory clause, as appropriate. But things have changed.

"I accepted what Ortiz told me, because Taylor was the undisputed champion of the four organizations, but now he is not. When it was said that Ponce had to fight for the interim-title with Subriel Matías, we accepted. The IBF does not recognize interim championships, but in this case it was feasible and very understandable, due to Taylor's condition of having all the belts, but now the situation is no longer the same, and I think that Ponce should have as the regulations say - his chance as a mandatory challenger. If the IBF stopped recognizing Taylor [as their champion], then the fight with Matías could be made, but for the regular championship, which also modifies the conditions of the boxers' purses and everything else."