Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor 19-0 (13) says he is disappointed that his controversial split decision win over Jack Catterall 26-1 (13) in February garnered more attention than when he unified all four major world title belts.
The 31-year-old Scottish southpaw had to walk through fire and brimstone to defeat the determined Catterall, who had Taylor cut and on the canvas in eighth. Both boxers were deducted a point late in the fight – Taylor for punching after the bell and Catterall for excessive clinching – before the judges turned in their scores of 114-111, 113-112 and 112-113.
It wasn’t the type of performance most were expecting from the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF 140-pound champ.
“I’ve had more attention after that fight than I have from my biggest fight in my career when I became undisputed world champion, first person to do it from the UK ever, and it got kind of ignored,” Taylor said to Sky Sports.
“Maybe if I’d have been someone else from somewhere else on a bigger platform it would have been completely different. My achievements have gone under the radar quite a lot.
“I was a shadow of myself in that last fight, you could see it evidently from the documentary [Portrait of a Fighter] the problems I had in the camp and stuff.
“A shadow of myself, a shadow of my former self in the ring. A huge part of it was motivation, a huge part of it was the weight cut as well due to my lack of motivation. You can see I just wasn’t myself, my career-worst performance.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and returning to my former talents, my former displays and former self of being spiteful and going in for the kill.”
Taylor was widley expected to move up to the glamour welterweight division after the fight but those plans are now on hold as he seeks a rematch with Catterall.
Taylor recently relinquished his WBA strap to pursue the rematch with Catterall. The WBA had ordered him to face their mandatory contender Jose Zepeda.
“I was going to have to fight Jose Zepeda in August or September and that just isn’t possible with the wedding only being a few weeks ago. There’s no way I’m prepared to go into a fight not being in the best shape,” Taylor explained to the Edinburgh News.
“But the reason I’m also doing this is to get the Catterall fight. It’s a chance to shut people up and show that I am still the best in the division. There’s nothing stopping this fight happening now. I’ve done everything I can to make it happen so it’s now over to Jack. But I won’t wait around for him.”