Josh Taylor offers Jack Catterall a rematch – but only at welterweight – as Scot insists he DID deserve to win their controversial bout after watching it back: ‘I believe I won a very close fight’
- Jake Catterall missed out on world super-lightweight glory on Saturday night
- Josh Taylor was given a very controversial majority win by the judges ringside
- Taylor watched the fight back and said that he still believes he beat Catterall
- However, Taylor says he is willing to go ahead with a rematch at welterweight
Josh Taylor rewatched his fight with Jack Catterall due to the widespread criticism of the split decision that saw him remain as the undisputed super-lightweight champion.
Upon reflection Taylor still believes he deserved to win the fight on Saturday night despite the fact the majority of the ringside analysts scored the fight in the favor of Catterall.
Nevertheless, Taylor has said that he would be willing to fight Catterall again to settle the dispute. However, he stated that the fight would have to take place at welterweight.
Josh Taylor (right) received widespread criticism for his controversial win over Jack Catterall
Taylor took to Instagram to say: ‘I have taken a few days for some well-earned time with my family after not seeing them for a few months.
‘I’ve had a chance to watch the fight back. First and foremost, I want to congratulate Jack Catterall on a great fight. He rose to the occasion and fought a valiant fight. However, I believe I won a very close fight.
‘Many fans believe Jack deserved the decision, and that’s fine. We both went in there and fought our guts out for 12 rounds… but the personal attacks on myself and especially my family are disgusting and uncalled for.
‘My days at 140 are numbered. My future is at welterweight. Jack Catterall deserves another title shot, and as soon as possible.
Taylor was controversially awarded victory via split decision against Catterall on Saturday
Catterall (left) stated that his dreams had been ‘stolen’ in a post on Instagram after the fight
‘I’ve never ducked a challenge in my career, and I’d be happy to fight Jack again, but it would have to be at welterweight. Jack is a great sportsman, a helluva fighter, and deserves every bit of the admiration he’s been receiving.
‘I want to thank my family, my team, the fans who packed The OVO Hydro, and everyone who watched on Sky Sports, ESPN+, and around the world.
‘Fighting as the undisputed champion on Scottish soil was a dream come true, but I’m only getting started. I’ll be back and better than ever, this time ready to conquer the welterweight division.’
Taylor’s comments came shortly after it was announced that the British Boxing Board of Control would ‘investigate the scoring of the fight and advise accordingly’.
It was Ian John Lewis who came under particular criticism for his appalling 114-111 count in favor of Taylor. Victor Loughlin also gave a 113-112 win to the Scot, while Howard Foster scored 113-112 for Catterall.
Speaking after the fight, Catterall claimed that his dreams had been ‘stolen’ after the controversial defeat on Saturday night.
He said: ‘You know what hurts the most, it wasn’t for me I done all of this for my family my team my town and country. My baby girl and misses, our future.
Promoter Ben Shalom (above) said that he was ’embarrassed’ by the ruling on Saturday
‘Today I should of been waking up with all of the belts. 15 months out of the ring, they all wrote me off.
‘F***** me in every way possible for over two years, finally got the fight. Sacrificed everything to fight one of the top p4p (pound for pound) ranked fighters, gave him a lesson. For what. Boxing shame on you.’
Meanwhile promoter Ben Shalom told Sky Sports immediately after the fight he was ’embarrassed’ by the decision to award Taylor the victory.
He said: ‘I am actually embarrassed because I’m promoting this event, and I couldn’t see how[(it was scored that way]. It’s embarrassing.
‘I love this sport, that’s why I got into it, and we’ve tried to keep our integrity and we try to keep everything true to the sport that we love, but tonight is really difficult.
‘We’ve had three great shows – Eubank Jr-Williams, Khan-Brook and Taylor-Catterall, which was actually the best fight of them all, but that’s heart-breaking for Jack and I’m embarrassed.’