WBO No.1 140lbs contender Jack Catterall has signed a long-term promotional deal with Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions.

Catterall (25-0, 13 KOs) originally signed with Warren in 2014 and their successful partnership has taken ‘El Gato’ from Central Area level to the brink of a world title shot.

The Chorley southpaw is waiting for the outcome of WBO/WBC champion Jose Ramirez’s defence against Viktor Postol, currently scheduled for August, before seeing what his future holds.

“I am delighted we have got a new deal done and I believe now is the right time to sign this new contract, having beaten everybody I needed to beat to get to this position,” said Catterall. “I believe Frank is the one, along with BT, to deliver more big fights for me.

“Of course, it will be great for us to see the job through together, from the Central Area through to the British and up to No.1 with the WBO. It will be nice to cross the line to being world champion with the promoter that has guided me all the way through.”

Promoter Warren has always maintained that Catterall possesses world championship calibre and has seen little to disprove that over the past six years.

“Jack joined up with us as a relatively unheralded prospect, but I quickly identified that he was one who could go all the way,” said Warren.

“He jumped straight into tough fights against unbeaten opponents and proved that he had something special about him, so we set about building his world ranking and he currently occupies the No.1 spot with the WBO and is mandatory challenger for the world title.

“I am delighted that he is sticking with us for the long-term so we can see the job through and enjoy many more successful nights in the future.”