Competitor Jack Catherall at 140 pounds has to be the most frustrated and angry fighter today. How long has Southpaw waited for his well-deserved comeback fight with Josh Taylor? How many times has the rematch collapsed?
Now, a year after that night in Glasgow when almost everyone felt Catherall had defeated Taylor, who was then a defending four-belt lightweight unified champion, Catherall has had enough and he’s moving on. He has no choice.
With talk of Taylor moving on himself, in a fight with former lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez, the 29-year-old Catherall says he doesn’t think he’ll ever get his comeback in Taylor. Speaking with iD Boxing, Catterall said he is now looking forward to a fight with Regis Prograis; Prograis is the current WBC champion at 140, having lost a close decision to Taylor in a previous title fight.
Catterall, 26-1(13) says he believes he and Prograis defeated Taylor, and that the fight between them is an “easy fight.” Before that, Catterall will be back in action against the TBA on March 25th.
“You know what it is, obviously we were supposed to fight Josh, November, December, February, March, and I’m done waiting now,” Catherall said. “This morning you saw Taylor Teofimou’s reports, she’s talking about the fight. So we kind of got March 25th as a busy and active date. I’m not convinced the Josh fight is going to happen now. He’s pulled out more than once. I wanted to fight Josh. I think I beat Josh and he was Good to put that to bed. That’s out of the question now. I want as many fights as possible. I want to fight Regis Prograis. In my opinion, we both beat Josh, so we have a common denominator. And it’s an easy fight. Regis is ready to fight and it’s a great fight.” .
Catterall, who was essentially forced to waste an entire year of his precious senior years (the ones that didn’t come back), said he’ll now wait and see how developments unfold regarding a potential battle with the 28-1(24) Prograis. And Catterall is right when he says it’s a great fight.
Another Southpaw like Catterall and Taylor, the 34-year-old Prograis is one of the most underrated fighters/champions on the scene today. Whereas in the Taylor fight Catherall showed how good he is. Perhaps Progress, who traveled to London to fight Taylor in October 2019, would be willing to return to the UK to fight Catherall? Us UK fans sure would love it.
Catterall deserves another great fighting chance, but it’s unfortunate that we likely won’t get to see a rematch with Taylor. If this proves to be the case, which representative of the fighter will suffer the most?; program calls
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