Can Jack Catterall Truly Threaten the Reign of Undisputed Champion Josh Taylor?
On February 26, mandatory challenger Jack “El Gato” Catterall (26-0, 13KOs) gets his long awaited shot at undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (18-0, 13KOs). The talk heading into this matchup is all about Taylor, and understandably so. He’s coming off of a terrific fight with former unified 140-pound champion Jose Ramirez last May. In that bout, he dropped the former champion twice en route to a close unanimous decision win to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion.
However, El Gato is the man nobody is looking at to do the impossible. Unbeaten in twenty-six pro fights, Catterall is confident that he can become the new face of the junior welterweight division. When you look at his resume, it’s pretty solid. He has wins over UK rivals Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna, beating both by unanimous decisions.
Having been the WBO mandatory challenger since January 2019, El Gato has shown tremendous patience. He allowed Taylor v Ramirez to happen after agreeing to step aside after Taylor promised he was next. However, now that the dusk has settled and Taylor reigns supreme, the chance of a lifetime is here.
Catterall, a southpaw, is dangerous as he can box and punch. His versatility makes him a legitimate threat to Taylor. If you go back and watch some of his previous fights, you’d realize he can fight from the outside as well as the inside. Catterall, an underrated body puncher, has an excellent jab and uses his straight left hand and overhand left hand extremely well.
While Taylor is extremely confident, maybe Catterall can use that to his advantage, once in the ring. One thing is for sure: Catterall will surely bring the fight to Taylor, with four titles on the line and the chance to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion.
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By: Jerrell Fletcher