Catterall vs. Taylor Rematch: Controversy Finally Gets Its Sequel

By RustNate - 01/20/2024 - Comments

Jack Catterall (28-1, 13 KOs) has confirmed that former undisputed champion Josh Taylor (19-1, 13 KOs) has agreed to a rematch and has accepted offers.

This is a backward move on Catterall’s part, fighting a 100% washed Taylor, which will do zero for his career.

There’s nothing to gain for Catterall by taking this fight aside from a payday because Taylor is not viewed as one of the best contenders at 140. He’s yesterday’s news, and Catterall doesn’t understand that.

Catterall, 30, says he’s still waiting for the fight’s date and location, but it will happen. It’s been two years since Catterall lost a questionable twelve-round split decision against Taylor in February 2022 in Glasgow, Scott, but he still wants redemption.

Fan Indifference 

Unfortunately for Catterall, the timing of the rematch with Taylor isn’t ideal, coming after his recent one-sided twelve-round unanimous decision loss to Teofimo Lopez last June.

People are no longer interested in seeing a rematch between Taylor and Catterall, as too much time has elapsed. It would be better if Catterall forgot about the loss and moved on.

Washed Up Taylor?

The 33-year-old Taylor is considered washed and is moving up to 147. Catterall won’t receive any credit for beating Taylor at this stage because he’s seen as a shot fighter and finished. Aside from this being a local domestic little scrap, it’s pointless. Catterall would be better off facing these contenders:

  • Richardson Hitchins
  • Arnold Barboza Jr.
  • Gary Antuanne Russell
  • Sandor Martin
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Ismael Barroso
  • Liam Paro
  • Regis Prograis

It’s unlikely that Catterall beats any of those contenders, as those guys have more talent and pop in their punches than him. In that case, fighting Taylor might be Catterall’s best option to keep his career alive, but it won’t make him a world champion or improve him. It also won’t open the door for well-paying fights against Ryan Garcia or Devin Haney.

The boxing public wanted to see the Taylor vs. Catterall rematch in 2022, but now there’s not as much excitement. Taylor has fought just once in the two years, and Catterall has fought just twice, beating 38-year-old Jorge Linares by a close twelve-round decision and Darragh Foley.

Catterall is ranked¬†#4 IBF, 4 WBC, #5 WBO, and #6 WBA. Due to Catterall’s loss, inactivity, and weak opposition, other contenders have moved in front of him in the rankings, and he’s not viewed as the guy that boxing fans want to see challenge for a world title.

Catterall’s Quest for Redemption

“After the last fight in October [against Jorge Linares], I was told by my manager and promoters that we were going to make the [Josh] Taylor fight,” said Jack Catterall to iFL TV about a rematch with Josh Taylor.

“I was in a position a couple of weeks ago where an offer was made for the fight, and I accepted, which ultimately meant the [Richardson] Hitchins fights was not on the table.

For me, this is a much bigger fight, a personal fight, and a fight that he’s accepted as well. Going down the IBF route, I was grateful for the opportunity, but right now, this is a much bigger opportunity for me.

“The fights not happened through no fault of my own. He’s boxed [Teofimo] Lopez and been beat by him, which is unfortunate,” said Catterall about Taylor.

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