Jack Catterall is looking to impress again as he defends his WBO Inter-Continental Super Lightweight title against Argentinas Diego Gonzalo Luque this Saturday 03/12/2016 from Lagoon Leisure Centre,Paisley, Scotland. Sam Kynoch promotes and the show is live and exclusive on Boxnation.
Chorleys Catterall (16-0, 9KOs) is one of British boxings hottest prospects.
The 23-year-old southpaw burst onto the scene in 2014 when he snapped two unbeaten records. First up was Nathan Brough (TKO2) which brought Catterall the vacant BBBofC Central Area title.
Next came his biggest win to date when he upset the odds to defeat 2012 Team GB captain Thomas Stalker. He outmuscled and outboxed Stalker to score a 8th round TKO. Not only did he claim the vacant WBO European title but he also established himself as one of the sports rising domestic stars.
His most notable win since was in May this year when he beat Joe Hughes (UD) defending the same trinket he does this Saturday. His last fight was a points win over Lukasz Janik in Ashton-Under-Lynes Village Hotel in August.
Catterall has good fundamentals and jabs well from his southpaw stance. His greatest asset seems to be his strength as he wears opponents down with relative ease.
He’s having a reputation recently for feasting on limited foreign opposition and Luque falls into that bracket.
31-year-old Córdoba, Argentina resident Luque (20-3-1, 10 early) is fighting for the first time outside his native Argentina.
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He’s bringing with him good form as he’s won his last three contests and has only ever been stopped once showing he’s a durable fighter. But his record lacks any notable names and Catterall provides him with a big step up in class.
Catterall starts favourite and must keep calm against the awkward Luque. Against another Argentinian Gabriel Fernando Punalef Calfin (TKO6) in July last year he lost his cool and got two points deducted (one for hitting the back of the head and the other for throwing his opponent) and nearly got disqualified.
Catterall is the far superior boxer and will stamp his authority early with his southpaw jab. Expect Luque to feel the strength of Chorleys ‘El Gato’ and go into his defensive shell early. Catterall will win this convincingly, the picks via a wide points win but don’t rule out a late stoppage.
In a interesting sub-plot this week Frank Warren signed British Super-Welterweight champion Tyrone Nurse. Expect Jack to challenge Nurse in a mouth watering British title clash early next year.