Josh Taylor’s ex-trainer Shane McGuigan isn’t holding anything back on his performance in Jack Catterall fight – ‘It frustrates me to see him box like that’


Josh Taylor’s former trainer Shane McGuigan gave a solid assessment of his former tutor’s performance against Jack Catterall.

The champion was very lucky to retain his undisputed world welterweight titles on Saturday night, winning a decision which is currently under investigation by the British Boxing Board.

Taylor picked up a controversial win over Catterall
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Until 2019 Taylor was trained by Shane McGuigan and promoted/managed by his father Barry McGuigan.

However, after his unification win over Regis Prograis, he parted ways with the McGuigans and joined Ben Davison, Top Rank and MTK Global.

He then beat Jose Ramirez and reclaimed the final two welterweight belts, which he arguably should have lost to Catterall on Saturday.

McGuigan told Boxing Social: “I thought Catterall won.

“I didn’t think it was the same Josh Taylor that was in my gym.

“Disappointed. He’s done a lot of hard work, five years of fantastic work and honestly it frustrates me to see him box like this.

Josh Taylor's ex-trainer Shane McGuigan isn't holding anything back on his performance in Jack Catterall fight - 'It frustrates me to see him box like that'
McGuigan was unimpressed with his veteran
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“I know it’s not even the weight, it’s just the fact that he’s trying to change his style.

“He said something in an interview that he looked back at the Regis Prograis fight and thought he could have done some things better.

“And actually right now he should look back on that fight and think – it actually makes you more vulnerable.

“Because he gets bitten. He’s a high pressure fighter who’s fantastic on the inside, but his hands were down to his chest, he walks into punches and gets smacked in the head.

“He has to do better than that.”

Josh Taylor's ex-trainer Shane McGuigan isn't holding anything back on his performance in Jack Catterall fight - 'It frustrates me to see him box like that'
McGuigan trained Taylor until the end of 2019
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Taylor has now said he intends to move up to welterweight.

When asked if it was the right move, McGuigan replied, “No, he’s going to lose his attributes going up to 147lbs, he has to stay at 140lbs.”

Giving his verdict on Catterall’s performance, McGuigan added: “I didn’t even think he was that good.

“I’m not doing this to disrespect Jack Catterall – he was great on the jab, he was great at slowing down the pace.

“It wasn’t like a George Kambosos Jr against Teofimo Lopez where he really shone, he just got the basics right, aired it inside and Taylor went out on the jab.

“Josh is used to looking for perfect shots and you can’t be a perfectionist when working with Josh Taylor, you have to think about what he does well.

“He hits very well in combinations, closes the gap well, good hand defenses and he’s a great attacking fighter, don’t take that away from him.”

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