Jack Catterall has reaffirmed his desire to step into the ring with domestic rival Josh Taylor and settle their rivalry after his victory over Jorge Linares this past weekend in Liverpool.
In fact, Catterall is convinced that he can send the former undisputed 140lbs champion into retirement. Catterall is even willing to have the contest with Taylor at a catchweight. Such is the eagerness of the Lancashire native to face his Scottish counterpart.
“I think it’s only natural Taylor and I get it on,” Catterall stated during a post-fight interview for Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel. “It’s personal now, and hopefully, we can get that fight over the line.”
A rematch between the pair following their February 2022 encounter has been mooted, signed and ultimately collapsed on several occasions, predominantly due to injuries sustained by Taylor. The contest also never came to pass due to the WBO ordering Taylor to defend his WBO crown against Teofimo Lopez. Taylor would meet Lopez in June of this year in Madison Square Garden theatre in New York. Taylor would lose to Lopez via unanimous decision and immediately stated that his days at super-lightweight were over due to issues making weight.
Cattrall insisted that he was willing to do the fight at a catchweight, suggesting that it would be to the benefit of each other to negate the weight-making issues in order to make the fight happen.
“Yeah, listen, if we can do a catch weight, the weight’s not easy for any of us,” Catterall said. “If you’re making weight easy, then you probably should be at the weight below. But I’m sure we can come to an agreement and do it at a catchweight.”
One potential issue would be where the fight would take place, with Catterall reluctant to return to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, where the original encounter occurred. Taylor would score a hugely controversial points win despite suffering a knockdown and having points deducted (so did Catterall in having a point removed). Catterall would ideally like to see the contest at the Manchester AO Arena instead.
Ultimately, Catterall believes that he can be the man who can send Taylor into retirement.
“You know what? I honestly believe I can send him into retirement,” Catterall said. “I think I beat him, Lopez beat him, and I can finish him off for good.”