Via Jim Calfa: Two days after his controversial 12-round decisive win, undisputed lightweight champion Josh Taylor spoke out today, saying he would be ready to give Jack Catterall a rematch. , though with NO title on line in the 147-lb division.
The rematch with Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs), if Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs) accepts it, won’t give him a chance to become a four-belt champion at 140 and open the door to make millions as the undisputed lightweight champion.
The endorsement money Catterall could earn as the undisputed lightweight champion alone would be enormous.
Without the four titles above, a rematch with Taylor wouldn’t be worth it. Catterall gained nothing but payday from the fight, which would have been nice, but it wouldn’t have had the same lasting impact as if Jack had captured four of Taylor’s 140lb belts.
Last Saturday night, Scottish boxer Taylor beat Mandatory Catterall in his WBO with a controversial 12th split decision at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The scores are 113-112, 114-111 for Taylor and 113-112 for Catterall.
After the battle, fans were constantly complaining about the outcome of the battle between Taylor and Catterall, believing that Catterall deserved to win.
Taylor offers Catterall a rematch at 147
“I had a chance to watch the game back. First of all, I want to congratulate Jack Catterall on a great fight,” said Taylor above Instagram. “He got up and fought bravely. However, I believe I won a contest very close.
“Many fans believe Jack deserved that decision, and that’s okay,” Taylor continued. “We both went in there and fought hard for 12 rounds, but the personal attacks on myself and especially my family were disgusting and unbelievable.
“My days at 140 are numbered. My future is at the weight level. Jack Catterall deserves another title, and the sooner the better. I’ve never been up to a challenge in my career and I’m excited to be fighting Jack again. However, it will have to be at the weight level“Taylor made it clear that Catterall would have NO chance of fighting for the undisputed 140 lb championship.
If this is the best Catterall can get from Taylor, he may want to accept his rematch offer.
The chance for a life-changing Catterall to beat Taylor and take four 140 lb titles from him would be nonexistent for him.
Given the amount of interest from boxing fans in the Taylor-Catterall rematch, Catterall will likely make more money in that direction than fighting for one of four titles that are about to be vacated in the position. 140.
It’s a shame that Taylor doesn’t want to return to the 140 lb division to take on Catterall with all four belts at stake. You could argue that Taylor’s confidence was shot after the way he struggled against Catterall, and he wasn’t ready to let that chance in a rematch at 140.
Taylor’s problem against Catterall wasn’t rooted in his weight loss. The reality is that Taylor is getting older, he took a lot of punishment in his last fight with Jose Ramiez, and he was never a great boxer to begin with.
Taylor likes to say that he beat the 140 lb division, but the truth is that he hasn’t beaten all the talented boxers in the category. His best victories in the light welterweight division have come with these fighters:
- Jose Ramirez
- Regis Prograis
- Jack Catterall
- Viktor Postol
- Ivan Baranchyk
Taylor’s wins over Prograis, Ramirez and Catterall could have gone the other way. The show should have been a draw, and as we saw last Saturday, Catterall has business in Glasgow. He hit Ramirez by knocking him out after hitting him at the break.
In leaving the 140-lb division, Taylor overlooked this killer row of killers:
- Subriel Matias
- Jose Zepeda
- Arnold Barboza Jr
- Teofimo Lopez Jr
- Shohjahon Ergashev
- Sandor Martin
- Shakhram Giyasov