Josh Taylor Offers Jack Catterall Absolutely Meaningless Rematch
On Saturday February 26, undisputed super lightweight champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (19-0, 13 KO’s) stepped in the ring to face Jack “El Gato” Catterall (26-1, 13 KO’s). The prizefight, fought in his hometown, was meant to be the first defense of his quartet of titles. Had everything gone according to plan, then Taylor would have enjoyed a dominant win in the ring and been celebrated by the crowd outside of it.
Instead, the champion was awarded a dubious unanimous decision win that the majority of the boxing world feels is unjust. After reflecting on the matter, Taylor has publicly stated that he is open to supplying Catterall with a rematch…with a catch though.
Provided that El Gato accepted the second shot at Taylor, he would have to do so within the welterweight division. This is because the Tartan Tornado has declared it to be too difficult to make the 140-pound limit any longer. The most glaring flaw in this proposal is the fact, if they duel one another at 147, then Taylor’s four titles will not be on the line.
Catterall could go as far as to knockout Taylor. Still, he would not be a champion at all, let alone the undisputed champion of the division. Of course Taylor understands this and that’s why his offering of the rematch comes across as largely disingenuous. It will be interesting to see how Catterall responds to his half-hearted attempt to rectify the unsavory situation. Yet, going by what he’s already posted and said, El Gato will not be jumping with joy to fight Taylor with none of his hardware on the line.
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By: Bakari Simpson