Exclusive: Jack Catterall explains his decision to drop the British title; shares how far he is away from a world title shot

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Jack Catterall defeated, Tyrone Nurse to pick up the British super lightweight title last October at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.

Catterall won the fight by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight in his favour. The judges’ cards read, Michael Alexander 111-118, John Keane 113-116 and Robert Williams 114-115.

Since his victory Catterall has since dropped the title, defeated Kevin McCauley and is due to fight this Saturday against Mohamed Kani on the undercard of Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington.

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The decision to drop the title wasn’t taken lightly and Catterall explained why.

He told

“It wasn’t a decision I made lightly, it was a collective decision through my promotion and management.

“I had been on the WBO route for so long, defended that and put myself in a great position being in the top 5.

“The British was never in my plans to go on and defend it outright – it was lovely winning it.I wanted to keep traveling down the WBO route and head for them world titles.”

‘El Gato’ would fight for a world title tomorrow, but he knows he may have to show some patience.

“I’d fight for a world title tomorrow, it’s all about timing. I’m fighting on Saturday, I can’t look past that. There are a number of factors, but with a couple of fights I’ll definitely be there.

“It makes no sense looking too much into the future. Those titles are vacant [WBO/IBF], it’s just about me maintaining and keep pushing forward.“

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