By Sam Volz: Jack Catterall is still bent out of shape over his loss to former undisputed light welterweight champion Josh Taylor last February in Glasgow, Scotland.
Naturally, Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs) feels deflated about his questionable 12-round split decision defeat against the then four-belt 140-lb champion Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs).
A victory over Taylor would have led to some massive paydays for the 29-year-old Catterall, who may never get a chance like that again.
The loss to Taylor resulted in Catterall being lowered in the rankings at 140. He’s currently ranked #3 IBF, #4 WBC, and #4 WBO, and there are a number of solid contenders ahead of him.
It’s questionable whether Catterall can ever earn another mandatory spot if he’s forced to slog his way through these killers at 140:
- Jose Zepeda
- Regis Prograis
- Jose Ramirez
- Subrial Mattias
- Jeremias Ponce
- Arnold Barboza
- Liam Paro
Ideally, Catterall would like a rematch with the 31-year-old Taylor, but the fight would have less meaning because Josh has already vacated his WBA & WBC 140-lb belts.
Assuming Taylor doesn’t cast adrift either of his two remaining straps at light welterweight, Catterall will fight him for his IBF & WBO belts.
“Yeah, definitely [want a second fight against Josh Taylor]. We all saw the controversy over the last fight, and there’s definitely something to put to bed with Josh,” said Jack Catterall to Sky Sports News.
“Hopefully, that fight can be made in the future, and I would look to do the job properly this time and put it to bed,” Catterall continued.
Catterall still might come up short in the rematch because Taylor likely won’t be weight-drained as he was last time they fought, and he’ll be extra-motivated.
When Taylor is firing on all eight cylinders, he’s hard to beat, particularly by a guy without a lot of power like Catterall.
“After that last fight, I proved that I belong at the world level. I’ve had a lot of domestic fights over the years, and I want to go on now and capture those world titles,” said Catterall.
Ultimately, I would love to get that fight again and go and settle it,” said Catterall about a rematch with Josh Taylor.