Jack Catterall mocks Josh Taylor after world title rematch confirmed for March | box news

Jack Catterall mocks Josh Taylor after world title rematch confirmed for March | box news

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Jack Catterall taunted Josh Taylor when both fighters signed for a rematch in March in Glasgow and told his rival not to eat too much Christmas turkey.

Boxxer confirmed Thursday the two fighters will meet again in a highly anticipated rematch with an official date announcement in line with co-promoter Top Rank in the new year.

Catterall lost a controversial decision to then-undisputed world champion Taylor in Glasgow last February, with the Scot being forced to vacate three of his super lightweight titles as he sought a rematch.

When asked if he had any message for Taylor, Catterall told InNewCL Sports News: “Not too much turkey fatboy. See you in the new year.”

Jack Catterall throws a left at Josh Taylor at the OVO Hydro, Glasgow

Image: Jack Catterall (left) lost a split decision to Taylor last March

The hotly debated loss to Taylor was the first of Catterall’s career and the 29-year-old is determined to prove his latest performance was no fluke when the pair battle for the WBO belt again in March.

“For me it’s more about fighting Josh and winning this time and proving to the public that it wasn’t the case [of Taylor having an off night] and I belong on the world level.

“[Not being an undisputed fight] changes things a bit, but I’ve always wanted to be world champion and in recent years I’ve gotten closer and closer to that dream.

“It was taken away from us in February but luckily we still have the WBO title and I believe the Ring Magazine title at stake.

“That in itself is motivation to become world champion. I’m not looking past Josh, of course, but it would be nice to go out and unify the division myself.”

Catterall said there will be no let-up over the holiday season as he seeks to inflict a first professional defeat on Taylor.

“It will be business as usual,” he said. “As a professional athlete, you have to make sacrifices. The fight, coming early next year, means Christmas and the New Year will be cancelled.

“I will be able to spend time with my family but not participate in the celebration. I will put all my energy and focus into the rematch.”

Taylor: I don’t have to change much tactically

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Taylor believes he did enough to defend his titles against Catterall in February and has claimed things will be different next fight

Josh Taylor said complacency was to blame for his underperforming against Catterall earlier this year but doesn’t think he needs to change much tactically.

After winning all four world super lightweight titles, Taylor faced his toughest test from mandatory challenger Catterall, the Chorley fighter who downed and seemingly passed hometown favorite over 12 rounds in a match of two undefeated fighters.

Taylor remains adamant he did enough to secure the win but will change his mental approach for the rematch.

“It’s no secret that my performance last time was terrible,” he told InNewCL Sports News. “It was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced.

“But a lot of it was myself, a lack of motivation, a lack of drive, a little bit of complacency creeping in a bit too.

“It’s a different approach mentally this time, I’m more engaged and taking it seriously.

“I don’t think I need to change too much tactically, but it will definitely be a different fight.”

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