Catterall Signs a Multi-Fight Deal With BOXXER/Sky Sports
World-ranked junior welterweight Jack Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs) desperately wants a rematch with reigning unified champ, Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs). But in the meantime, Catterall is creating some news away from the ring.
The 29-year-old from Chorley, England, has inked a multi-fight deal with promoter BOXXER/Sky Sports. During an interview with UK media giant Sky Sports, Catterall discussed the signing and is excited about the possibilities moving forward.
“I’m super excited. I think this next stage of my career now is vital, and I believe with BOXXER and Sky Sports, that I will be crowned world champion in the future.”
Catterall was involved in one of the more controversial fights of the year when he suffered a split-decision loss to then-undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor on February 26. Fighting on the champion’s home turf in Glasgow, Scotland, Catterall controlled the first half of the contest. He knocked down the champ in round eight. But in the end, Taylor had his hand raised in victory.
A fair share of observers and pundits felt Catterall did enough to win. The fight caused so much uproar in the UK that the BBBofC launched an investigation.
GETTING OVER A BITTER SETBACK
“We all saw the controversy over the last fight, and there’s definitely something to put to bed with Josh. Who knows […] hopefully, that fight can be made in the future, and I would look to do the job properly this time and put it to bed.
“Initially, the first few days (after the fight) were deflating, but I’ve got a great team around me, a great family. I’m in the gym. I enjoy being in the gym now, and it’s about using it as motivation. It’s fire in the belly, and I think after that last fight, I proved that I belong at the world level.”
In the months following their battle, Taylor has decided to vacate two of the four world-sanctioning body titles in anticipation of setting up a rematch. Word on the street, Boxxer is currently talking to Taylor’s promoter, Top Rank, working on a deal for a Taylor vs Catterall rematch in November.
While he certainly wants to gain revenge against the Scot, Catterall says the future with his new promoter is the long-term goal. He believes he’s on the cusp of elevating his career to the next level.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
“Ultimately, I would love to get that fight again and go and settle it. Hopefully, that can be done sooner rather than later, but the main focus is me now moving forward with BOXXER and Sky Sports and getting settled into the next stage of my career.
“This feels like a fresh start. I fully believe in my ability to go on and capture world titles with BOXXER. I’m still only 29 years old, so I’ve got some good years ahead of me in the sport. I want to deliver big fights for the fans.
“I genuinely believe that those big fights can be delivered through BOXXER and Sky.”
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By: Michael Wilson Jr.