Tensions threatened to boil over not long after news broke that Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall’s rematch was to be delayed yet again.
Bad blood does little to describe the relationship between Taylor and Catterall. Their February 2022 super-lightweight fight ended in such controversy that it saw one of the judges have his professional status downgraded by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Although Taylor kept his undisputed titles via split decision, a large majority of fans, fighters and pundits felt Catterall had shocked the world and won the fight.
Credit to Taylor, he has stayed at the weight – despite a desire to move up – to put any questions to bed. Although he’s vacated some titles in the time since, he was willing to put his WBO belt on the line once again against Catterall.
It just so happened that they were sitting just a few seats away from one another, ringside at the Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Smith card, when the injury news started doing the rounds.
A few words back and forth almost turned into a bit more, with Taylor standing but being stopped by security before anything might kick off.
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Unfortunately for fans, it’s the closest to a fight between the two we’ll see for months – at least. Whether or not it will be rescheduled is another question.
It’s understandable for Catterall to want Taylor and nothing else, but he must, at this point, also be thinking about the bigger picture in terms of his career.