Jack Catterall is targeting another shot at global glory before the end of the year.
The Chorley super-lightweight was short-changed earlier this year when he challenged Josh Taylor for all the marbles.
Catterall was on the wrong end of a contentious decision at the OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow back in February as Taylor, who held the WBO, IBF, WBC and WBA Super world titles in the 140-pound division, inexplicably walked away with his titles intact.
Since the shocking defeat, ‘El Gato’ has campaigned for a second bite of the cherry. And though it was thought Taylor would be stepping up in weight to 147 pounds, he has made it clear that he wants to right the wrong and face Catterall again, with November 26, back at the Hydro, the working date and venue for the return.
When speaking to talkSPORT about the proposed rematch against ‘The Tartan Tornado’, Catterall said:
“[The defeat] was disappointing at the time
“Like anything, you can only control your variables and we drew a line underneath it and I was straight back in the gym, just wanting to get back active and put the situation right.”
The IBF recently ordered Taylor to defend his super-lightweight crown against Jeremias Ponce, a former opponent of Lewis Ritson, who rose to prominence as a lightweight, going through the whole domestic division like a dose of salts before coming unstuck against Francesco Patera for the European title.
Purse bids for the fight between Taylor and Ponce have been set for August 23 and it seems the Scot – who has already let go of the WBA Super and WBC titles – will have to vacate the belt and be left with just the WBO if he is to go through with the Jack Catterall rematch next.
“The emotion that you could see on my face after that 12th bell, I’d just upset the world and I’d done the unimaginable
“It was a couple of seconds –– maybe a minute or two –– of feeling on top of the world and it all came crashing down, but I’ve got a good support system, they picked me back up and now I’ve had a little taste of being at that top level.”
Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) has long maintained that he was the rightful winner of the fight six months ago and, after flirting with the idea of heading north to welterweight, decided to prove it by taking on Catterall – who recently signed a promotional pact with Boxxer to fight on Sky Sports – for a second time.
“There are talks ongoing and we’re targeting a November fight
“I’ve just done a multi-fight deal with Boxxer and Sky Sports and, hopefully now, that fight isn’t difficult to make.”