Jack Catterall cruised to a unanimous points decision win over three-weight world champion, Jorge Linares, this weekend in Liverpool.
It’s Catterall’s second win since his fight with Josh Taylor for the undisputed super-lightweight title, one that has come to define the former’s career due to the majority feeling that he deserved to win despite the judges giving it the other way.
The bad blood here is still deep, and Taylor was quick to give his thoughts on his former opponent’s less-than-flashy performance.
He pointed out the age of Linares, his record entering the ring – three consecutive losses – and Catterall’s last unanimous decision win over Darragh Foley.
“38 years old, lost his last 4 fights, couldn’t finish Darragh Foley but, it’s a great win! Couldn’t finish a Sunday Roast.”
38 year old, lost his last 4 fights, couldn’t finish Darragh Foley but, it’s a great win!
Couldn’t finish a Sunday Roast 🤣
— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorBoxer) October 21, 2023
A rematch between the two UK fighters was announced but cancelled earlier this year due to an injury on Taylor’s part. He has since lost his undefeated record and remaining world title to an in-form Teofimo Lopez.
Settling this score – particularly for Catterall – is still discussed as one of the top options for both men, and ‘El Gato’ called Taylor out post-fight.
Whether or not a weight can be settled on to satisfy both remains to be seen. Catterall is comfortable at 140 and has dreams of winning a world title there, whereas Taylor is clear that he’s ready to move up to 147 after being tight at the weight for some time now.
Promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing Social that ‘exploratory conversations’ with the Scot’s promoter, Top Rank, have taken place.