Jack Catterall insists Josh Taylor will ‘not be a man of his word’ if he ignores a rematch between the super lightweight rivals.
Catterall says Taylor had promised to give him a rematch of their controversial undisputed world title fight from earlier this year, but is currently in talks to fight his WBC mandatory, Jose Zepeda, next.
There was a lot of controversy over the scoring of the February fight in Glasgow, after Taylor was handed a split decision victory, despite Catterall scoring a knockdown and using his boxing style to give Taylor fits in many of the rounds.
After the fight, Taylor said he was planning to move up in weight but promised he would fight ‘El Gato’ at the welterweight limit of 147.
Yet Taylor, who has since vacated his WBA title after being ordered to face Alberto Puello, will remain at 140 and is looking to settle another mandatory first in Zepeda.
Catterall, speaking to TalkSPORT, says by refusing to fight him next, Taylor is tarnishing his reputation and denying the fans.
“I do believe there’s only one fight for Josh at 140-pounds and that’s against me… Ultimately, he cannot go and fight Zepeda and if he does, he’s not a man of his word,” Catterall said.
“He said we would have a rematch at welterweight or a catchweight, but now he’s decided to stay at 140-pounds. The fans are calling for it, I’m calling for it, it’s an easy fight to be made, let’s get it on.”
Taylor’s trainer, Ben Davison, is adamant that Taylor wants a rematch with Catterall, and exchanged messages with the Chorley hero on Sunday night.
Davison had posted: “The Catterall rematch is the fight he wants” which prompted Catterall, the People’s Champion, to reply: “I don’t’ think he does Ben”.
Taylor’s coach came back with: “I can assure you it is. It’s the biggest fight that can currently be made in the UK, in my opinion. Huge fight.”