Jack Catterall has signed a multi-match promotional deal with BOXXER, with his competitions to be shown on Sky Sports as he continues his hunt for an ultra-lightweight world title.
In February, Catterall lost in a controversial split to undisputed 140lb champion Josh Taylor in Glasgow. He is currently looking for a rematch and the chance to fix the score against the excellent Scotsman.
“This is like a fresh start,” says Catterall. “I fully believe in my ability to go on and win world titles with BOXXER. I’m still only 29 years old so I’ve got some good years ahead in the sport. I want to bring the to the big battles for the fans.
“I really believe those big battles can be delivered through BOXXER and Sky. It’s a huge platform for me to perform on and I’m super excited about that.”
By contrast in Scotland was the only loss Catterall suffered in his career that saw him defeat former track athlete Thomas Stalker and overtake Tyrone Nurse for the British title, as well as defeat Tyrone McKenna and Tyrone McKenna. Ohara Davies among others, as he racked up 26 wins. to earn his spot as Taylor’s obligatory challenger.
Adam Smith, head of boxing development at Sports skysaid: “I’m really excited that Jack will be joining the new era of Sky and BOXXER. This is a big announcement.
“I’ve been a huge admirer of Jack for many years – he’s always brought entertainment, passion and will fight anyone. We’ll be right behind Jack as he sets his sights on becoming one. world champion in the near future.”
BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom is looking to steer him towards a world title and the rematch with Taylor has particular appeal.
“We hope we can make Catterall-Taylor II,” he said Sports sky.
“You saw the reaction on the night. The rematch had to happen, unfortunately for Jack.
“We’ve managed to protect Jack now and I think he’s an incredible boxer. Regardless of the rematch it’s clearly the one everyone wants and the one we’re going to make, he said. He’s an incredible boxer and a future world champion and right now he should be the 140lb unified world champion.
“So we’ve got a serious boxer and another serious fight.”
Taylor is clearly not dodging a potential rematch. He is at his weight, even though it’s been difficult for him, and has vacated his two world championship belts to free himself from the commitments required to open the door for a challenge. challenge another Catterall.
“Fair play against Josh Taylor. He was allowed the belt in the meantime, he waited and he waited and insisted that he wanted to book this right and he wanted to fight Jack Catterall. He can easily move forward, he can easily say Shalom.
“Maybe he had to work really hard to get up for that fight, when he was just unified, there were big fights like that, maybe bigger fights on paper and this is a big fight. fight home and he probably took his eyes off the ball but it’s just fun that now we can look to make the fight for Jack.”
He hopes the rematch will be a different kind of fight.
“It’s going to have to be. I think we’ll both have to rethink. Josh will change everything and Jack will have to rethink,” Shalom said. “Josh now knows what danger is, he’s going to be mentally and physically prepared a lot, much more. Not to say he didn’t last time but I think that switch in his head was already on. gone and this is now a career-defining battle.
“It’s exciting because there’s hate for each other there, there’s a lot of stuff out there and there’s a whole bunch of reviews and things are going to come back to the surface which I really think is a good thing. It’s going to give We have another chance to continue working with the Board and this could be the first fight where we see some changes to the rating system.
“It could be a landmark moment for boxing.”
‘Taylor wants to delete that performance’
The top rating featured Taylor and was ready to do that Catterall rematch.
“He wants to be in the right fight and I think he’s figuring out what weight class he wants to be and if he’s at 140lbs that’s what he wants to do. He wants to redeem himself from the fight. Battle Catterall”, Top Rank president Todd duBoef told Sports sky.
“We’re going to him with options. If it’s an option, I know that’s what he wants to do. He’s frustrated with his last performance and he wants to erase that. .
“So I think Catterall is thinking in his head that way. So we’re going to give him some opportunities and we’ll definitely see him in the fall. He’s getting married in the fall. the second week of June so he’s had some opportunities. Time off and we’re already planning his return to the ring in October, November.”
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