BOXXER have seemingly revealed a date and venue for the inevitable super lightweight rematch between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall.
The pair were involved in one of the most high profile and contentious decisions of recent times when they fought in February of 2022.
Although a big majority of fans, fighters and pundits felt that underdog Catterall put in a performance worthy of winning Taylor’s undisputed titles, the champion retained his belts via split decision.
There was uproar in the aftermath, with promoter Ben Shalom saying he was ’embarrassed’ and judge Ian John-Lewis downgraded by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Taylor has paused a move up to welterweight to mix it with the champions at 147lb to grant Catterall his rematch – although silencing his doubters is the main motivation.
In pursuing the second fight, he had to vacate titles leaving just the WBO belt on the line for Catterall to have another crack at.
The rematch has been long-rumoured for March, and an announcement from BOXXER advertising a show on March 4 dubbed ‘Bad Blood’ at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro is almost certainly the date.
🏴 𝙒𝙀. 𝘼𝙍𝙀. 𝘽𝘼𝘾𝙆. 😤
🩸#BadBlood | 4 March | OVO Hydro, Glasgow
— BOXXER (@boxxer) January 13, 2023
Whilst the fighters aren’t mentioned, the promotion would be a pretty cruel trick on the part of BOXXER if its Scotland show involved anything but the Taylor-Catterall rematch. Furthering the speculation is the inclusion of Top Rank, who promote the Scottish champion. The Hydro also played host to the first contest.
Should it indeed be the rematch, the card is expected – but not confirmed – to be the second pay-per-view offering from Sky Sports Box Office following January’s Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Smith.
Interestingly, March 4 is a rumoured date for the undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
With tickets on sale at the end of the month, a press conference formally announcing the undercard and main event is expected soon.