Ben Shalom says Prograis-Catterall negotiations progressing well

Ben Shalom feels that Jack Catterall ( 26-1, 13KOs) will get his overdue world title opportunity soon after confirming that talks between his super-lightweight promotional entity and WBC world champion Regis Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) are progressing and heading in the right direction towards a fight being agreed upon. 

Catterall, to many, arguably defeated then undisputed 140lb champion Josh Taylor (19-0, 13KOs) last February at the OVO Hydro arena in Glasgow. However, Josh would claim a split-decision victory to retain his WBC, WBA, WBO & IBF world titles. Since then, Taylor has dropped three of his world titles but still retains the WBO world title. A rematch between Taylor & Catterall had been proposed and signed for this month. However, Taylor pulled out in January before any official announcement due to a foot injury. 

Furthermore, following Taylor’s decision to drop most of his belts, Prograis collected the WBC title by defeating Jose Zepeda (35-3, 27KOs) in November via an eleventh-round knockout. It should also be noted that Josh Taylor is set to defend his WBO and Ring magazine super-lightweight title against Teofimo Lopez with a proposed date rumoured to take place in the summer months in the United States with Las Vegas, NV leading the way as playing hosts to the contest. 

Shalom, speaking to ID boxing, is confident that Catterall will get his title opportunity and that he will not prevent him from getting his “deserved” opportunity.