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Catterall Hasn’t Got What It Takes To Beat Me, Says Taylor

A supremely confident Josh Taylor insists that he does everything better in a boxing ring than his next opponent Jack Catterall.

The undisputed super-lightweight champion will make the first defence of his titles when he faces his WBO mandatory challenger at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Saturday night.

The two fighters sat across from one another during an episode of Sky Sports’ ‘The Gloves Are Off’ hosted by Johnny Nelson.

Taylor brought his usual intensity to the conversation while Catterall, who admitted to not being much of a talker, was more subdued.

“I know he’s got self-doubts,” Taylor told Nelson.

“He hasn’t boxed anywhere near the level I’ve boxed at. You’ve not fought anybody at world level. I don’t think you’re ready, you don’t really believe that.

“I don’t believe he’s got what it takes to win this fight.”

Catterall, the former British 140lbs champion, wouldn’t be drawn into a war of words with the Scot, but he made sure to tell the champion that he can out-fight and out-box him which Taylor scoffed at.

“I’ll have to match his nasty streak,” Catterall added. “I’ll beat him by being me.”

“If you think you can out-box me, it’s a shut-out for me. If you come to fight, no chance,” replied Taylor.

The programme ended with a cordial handshake offered by the underdog. However, once the show was over and they left their seats Taylor put his hand on the shoulder of Catterall to remind him, “If you’re going to try and out-box me, then easy night.”

“We’ll see,” said Catterall.