Jack Catterall has questioned Josh Taylor’s decision to switch trainers to Joe McNally ahead of their rematch next year.
Catterall was speaking on the Lightweight Boxing Show this week on the super lightweight world champion’s decision.
“The fight’s 12-14 weeks away. I don’t know if you can change somebody who’s boxed all their life in that period of time. There will certainly be things he’ll be showing him to try and do, but I think [Taylor] would certainly need a couple of fights, in my opinion, to get settled with it … I don’t think he can change him overnight, so it’ll be interesting.”
Catterall is clearly taking confidence from Taylor and McNally’s lack of experience together. The change comes after Taylor spent just three fights with his former trainer Ben Davison. In that time ‘The Tartan Tornado’ became the undisputed champion at super lightweight and defended it once.
Although not confirmed, it is heavily rumoured that Taylor and Catterall will square off again on 4th February 2023 in the UK, almost a year on from their first fight. Taylor, despite looking a shadow of his 100% self and being floored by Catterall, took a highly controversial split decision victory at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow in February 2022.
After that fight it was believed that Taylor would move up in weight and challenge the likes of Terrence Crawford, but has in fact sought this rematch. Should the Scot remain at the weight, he could also have has his eyes set on a fight with Teofimo Lopez after he moved up to 140lb this year.
Taylor has vacated three of his four world titles, but the WBO championship will still be on the line should the two meet in February as planned.