TAYLOR vs CATTERALL MOVES TO FEBRUARY 26
The highly-anticipated clash between undisputed super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall will now take place Saturday, February 26 at the OVO Hydro Arena, Glasgow.
Taylor – who holds the WBA, IBF, WBC and WBO world titles – had been due to defend his belts in Glasgow on December 18 in a co-promoted event by Top Rank and BOXXER, but has been forced to postpone the bout after suffering a knee injury in training this week.
Taylor became undisputed world champion in May this year when he traveled to Las Vegas to defeat defending WBC and WBO champion Jose Ramirez. Taylor, who carried his WBA and IBF titles into the fight, knocked Ramirez down twice on the way to an emphatic win and undisputed world super-lightweight champion status.
Only five boxers in history have ever managed to achieve undisputed world champion status in the “four-belt” era – the other four being all-time greats Bernard Hopkings, Jermaine Taylor, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk – and Taylor is the first British fighter ever to do so
His meeting with mandatory challenger Catterall in February will thus be a landmark moment in British and Scottish sporting history and a deeply significant occasion for proud Scotsman Taylor.
“I’m gutted I won’t be able to defend my title on December 18 as originally planned, but I wanted to make sure I was 100 percent healthy to give my incredible fans the show they deserve. This homecoming has been a long time in the making, and it will be worth the wait. I will see everyone on February 26,” said Taylor.
Catterall commented, “Everything happens for a reason! I am gutted not just for me but for everyone who had planned to go. I will remain professional and continue working for the new date. In 2022 I will be world champion. Obstacles like this are nothing new for me. I will turn the frustration into positive energy.”
“Defending his undisputed world championship status on home soil is a very special moment for Josh. Obviously he’s disappointed that the bout has to be postponed, but this bout will be an historic occasion and he wants to be in peak form when he lays his belts on the line in front of his countrymen in a sold-out Glasgow Arena,” said Ben Shalom, Founder, BOXXER.