Taylor: This is Catterall’s shot at the lottery

Undisputed super-lightweight king Josh Taylor says the only thing on his mind is dealing with mandatory challenger Jack Catterall on February 26 at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow.

Taylor has been long-linked to mega-fights with the likes of pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford, but says there is no way he’ll overlook England’s Catterall when they collide live on Sky Sports.

“Since I was 15 years old I dreamed of being a world champion. I’ve surpassed those dreams by becoming the UK’s first undisputed champion and the full belt holder. So it’s a massive, massive moment for me to defend these belts in Scotland against Jack Catterall.

“I’m excited to be back in Scotland. It’s the first time I’ve boxed at home in just over two years and Glasgow Hydro Arena is a cauldron,” Taylor said. “The fans make a hell of an atmosphere so I’m really looking forward to that.

“Jack Catterall is a very good fighter. He’s 26-0, he’s been knocking on the door for world titles for a couple of years now. He stepped aside to let me fight Ramirez but it wasn’t from the goodness of his heart – there was method in the madness.

“By stepping aside, he’s able to now get a crack at all the titles. I’ve worked my backside off to achieve these goals, beat champion after champion. This guy is getting a shot at the lottery here. It’s my job to make sure that he doesn’t get anywhere near these belts – and he won’t.”