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Junior Welterweight : Rematch Plan Of Josh Taylor With Jack Catterall Revealed

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Junior welterweight world champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-0 (13) has admitted that if the Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall 26-1 (13) rematch cannot be made next, he will move up in weight.

The 31-year-old Scottish southpaw was lucky to escape with a split decision victory over fellow lefty Catterall of Lancashire, England when they met at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland in February.

Taylor was down in the eighth before the fight got messy late. He was deducted one point in the 11th for punching after the bell while Catterall was docked one point for excessive holding in the 10th.

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When the dust settled Taylor was awarded the win by scores of 112-113, 114-111 and 113-112. Many fans and pundits felt it should have gone the other way.

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As champion Taylor had every right to walk away and focus on other challenges or simply move up in weight. But the Scotsman is determined to set the record straight against Catterall before jumping into the deep waters at 147-pounds where Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr are vying for supremacy.

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“I want the fight, to revisit it, to show everybody up,” Taylor told iFL TV. “[I want to] revisit that bad night for myself, put it right. If it’s not next, which is what I really want, I will do it at some point down the line. But it won’t be at 140, though, if it’s down the line.”

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Taylor says he was underdone going into the fight, suffering from injuries, problems making weight and a lack of motivation.

“Going [into the fight] I was just shit,” Taylor said. “I was crap. Couple of injuries in camp, I came in too heavy. I wasn’t motivated as well. It was just a bit of everything. It was a crap performance.”

According to Taylor, an offer has been made to Catterall to make the rematch but his team is yet to hear back.

“It’s on his side,” Taylor said. “Not any response yet. I’ve done all I can do. At the same time I’m not gonna wait around. I’m in the good part of my career. I want to be involved in big fights. I’m not going to pause my career and put my career on hold because of him.

“Get your finger out your arse, man, and hopefully we can get this fight on.”

Hammed Tajudeen is the Editor-In-Chief of Blaze Newz Nigeria, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication.

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