Unified Super Lightweight champion Josh Taylor has described Jack Catterall’s pursuit of a rematch against him as a ‘little bit desperate’.
Speaking to Sky Sports Taylor had this to say about Catterall:
“I wouldn’t be moaning and groaning the way he’s going on and on, it’s just ridiculous.”
“The way he’s acted since and the way he’s coming across on social media makes me want to shut him up.”
“It’s one of the main reasons I stayed at 140 so I could get that fight.”
In February the two rivals fought out one of the most memorable bouts of 2022 so far but for all the wrong reasons. Catterall produced the performance of his career at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, but two of the three judges awarded the win to Taylor promoting outrage from all levels of the boxing community.
In the four months since then both Taylor and Catterall have had many disagreements on social media. And despite the Scot seemingly moving on to pastures new at welterweight he has decided to remain at 140lbs and face his WBC mandatory challenger Jose Zepeda before hopefully facing Catterall once again.
Taylor on potential Catterall rematch
“We’re doing everything we can in our power to make this fight happen alongside the Zepeda fight as well.”
“If not after the Zepeda fight, then next.”
“This time around the motivation is there which I never had the last time, the motivation is there because of everything that has happened since the fight.”
“Hopefully the sooner the better for me. The only reason I’m staying at the weight is to fight Catterall. Obviously, Zepeda is a huge fight as well, that’s the one that looks like it’s happening next.”
Taylor has grown tired of Catterall’s verbal shots and hopes to give him a return bout to quieten the doubters and to prove that February 26 was a one-off. The current WBC, IBF and WBO world champion maintains he beat Catterall on the night.
“I felt like I did enough to win the fight.”
“I said that to Catterall right after the bell went. I feel like I did just enough to win the fight, and nobody can tell me any different, so I feel like I did the right job, just – although it was a very, very bad performance by myself.”
“I was more frustrated at the way I boxed than anything, I was terrible that night.”