Super-lightweight king Josh Taylor has confirmed his intentions to step into the ring against Jack Catterall once again following his controversial split-decision victory in Glasgow back in February. The move comes following Taylor’s recent decision to vacate his WBC strap at 140lbs due to his recent marrying of his now wife Danielle, with there not being ample preparation time to take on WBC mandatory Jose Zepeda so soon after the wedding.
In an interview with the Edinburgh Evening News, the Scotsman confirmed that the vacating of the belt does now open up a path for a rematch with the Chorley man following fierce reactions to the decision laid down in Glasgow four months ago which saw Taylor controversially emerge victorious in defence of his undisputed title. “But the reason I’m also doing this is to get the Catterall fight. It’s a chance to shut people up and show that I am still the best in the division“, Taylor told the EEN. “There’s nothing stopping this fight happening now. I’ve done everything I can to make it happen so it’s now over to Jack. But I won’t wait around for him“.
Catterall has been very vocal on social media following the defeat earlier this year and has repeatedly called for Taylor to face him once again as both seek to find a resolution to what has developed into a ferocious rivalry between the pair. Both have engaged in regular verbal spars on Twitter, and Taylor most recently tweeted Catterall a tongue-in-cheek birthday message reading “Happy birthday @jack_catt93“, accompanied by a winking emoji. Catterall responded quickly with the simple message of “cheers son“.
Fight fans now await to see how this story develops and whether a resolution can be found for the Taylor-Catterall fallout which shone the sport in a light that it did not need shining in, with the scandal even attracting Members of Parliament to seek an investigation into the officiating on the night.