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Josh Taylor confirms he’s staying at super lightweight to rematch Jack Catterall following controversial result in the first fight, but ‘El Gato’ is unconvinced

Josh Taylor confirms he’s staying at super lightweight to rematch Jack Catterall following controversial result in the first fight, but ‘El Gato’ is unconvinced

The Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall saga rolls on as it appears the former has now made a decision on his future.

In February, Taylor and Catterall battled it out over twelve rounds for the undisputed super lightweight world titles, and ‘The Tartan Tornado’ came out on top by split decision.

Ian John-Lewis scored the bout 114-111 in favour of Taylor but it was controversial

The result was hotly contested to the extent that it was referred to the police by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and one of the judge’s scoring the bout, Ian John-Lewis, was downgraded by the British Boxing Board of Control following the controversy.

In the immediate aftermath of the fight, it seemed Taylor would be vacating his titles and moving up to welterweight to take on new challenges, but it now appears he has done a U-turn.

ESPN Ringside posted to their Twitter account that Taylor has confirmed he will be staying at super lightweight specifically to engage in a rematch with Catterall.

“The only reason I’m staying at [super lightweight] is I want to fight [Jack] Catterall again.” Taylor said.

“I don’t think it was the wrong decision [in February], but I want to shut everyone up.

“I want to prove that was an off night for me and that I’m one of the best fighters on the planet.

Catterall was visibly distraught as soon as the result was announced following his clash with Taylor

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Catterall was visibly distraught as soon as the result was announced following his clash with Taylor


“Because of all the stick and abuse I’ve been getting, and the way Jack’s been too, mouthing off and moaning, I just want to shut his mouth.”

One man, however, who does not seem particularly enthusiastic by Taylor’s decision is Catterall himself.

“Tartan Torna****** all bark no bite. I’m still waiting for an offer…” Catterall said in response on Twitter.

“I’m ready to go, I don’t believe you really want it.”

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