Jack Catterall has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with BOXXER, with his contests to be shown on Sky Sports as he continues his hunt for the world welterweight title.
In February, Catterall lost a highly controversial split decision to undisputed 140-pound champion Josh Taylor in Glasgow. He is now looking for revenge and the chance to settle the score with the excellent Scotsman.
“It feels like a fresh start,” Catterall said. “I fully believe in my ability to continue and win world titles with BOXXER. I’m still only 29, so I have great years ahead of me in the sport. I want to fight great fights for the fans.
“I sincerely believe that these big fights can be delivered through BOXXER and Sky. It’s a huge platform for me to play on and I’m very excited about it.”
The reverse in Scotland is the only loss Catterall has suffered in a career that has seen him beat former Olympian Thomas Stalker and defeat Tyrone Nurse for the UK title, as well as beating Tyrone McKenna and Ohara Davies among others, while he won 26 victories. to earn his spot as Taylor’s mandatory challenger.
Adam Smith, Head of Boxing Development at sky sportssaid: “I am absolutely thrilled to have Jack join the new era of Sky and BOXXER. This is a major announcement.
“I’ve been a big fan of Jack for years – he always brought entertainment, passion and will fight anyone. We’ll be right behind Jack as he aims to become world champion in the near future .”
BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom is looking to guide him to a world title and the rematch with Taylor has special appeal.
“We can hopefully make Catterall-Taylor II,” he said. sky sports.
“You saw the reaction of the night. The rematch had to happen, it was so unfortunate for Jack.
“Now we’ve managed to secure Jack and I think he’s an amazing fighter. Regardless of the rematch which is obviously the one everyone wants and we’ll do, he’s an amazing fighter and a future world champion and right now he should be the unified world champion in the 140lb division.
“So we have a serious fighter on our hands and a serious fight as well.”
Taylor clearly isn’t worried about a potential rematch. He stays at weight, even though he has struggled to do so, and vacated two of his world title belts to free himself from binding commitments to leave the door open for another Catterall challenge.
“Fair play to Josh Taylor. He allowed the belts to go in the meantime, he waited and he waited and insisted he wanted to fix things and he wanted to fight Jack Catterall. He could have easily gone up , he could have easily never fought Jack Catterall again,” Shalom said.
“It must have been maybe hard for him to get up for this fight, after unifying he had been in such big fights, probably bigger fights on paper and it was a homecoming and can Maybe he took his eyes off the ball but just glad we can now look to make this fight for Jack.”
He expects rematch to be a different type of fight.
“It’s going to have to be. I think they’ll both have to think again. Josh is going to turn things around and Jack will have to think again,” Shalom said. “Josh now knows what the dangers are, he will prepare much, much more mentally and physically. That’s not to say he didn’t last time, but I think that change in his head has gone and it’s now a career-defining fight.
“It’s exciting because there’s this disgust for each other, there’s so much at stake and there’s the whole question of judgment and everything that will come to the surface, which, actually i think its a good thing it will give us another chance to keep working with the board and maybe this could be the first fight where we see changes in the judging system .
“This could be a historic moment for boxing.”
“Taylor wants to erase this performance”
Top Rank are promoting Taylor and ready to make this Catterall rematch.
“He wants to be ready for the good fight and I think he’s digested what weight class he wants to stay in and if he stays at 140 pounds that’s something he wants to do. He wants to redeem himself from the Catterall fight,” Top Rank chairman Todd duBoef said sky sports.
“We’re going to give him options. If it’s an option, I know that’s what he would like to do. He felt disappointed with his last performance and he wants to erase that.
“So I think Catterall is in his head that way. So we’re going to give him a number of opportunities and we’ll definitely see him in the fall. He got married the second week of June, so he took a few days off and we have planned his return to the ring in October, November.”
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