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Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall II close to being signed for late November in Scotland

Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall. Photo credit: Sky Sports

WBO junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-0 (13) has officially relinquished his IBF belt to pursue a rematch with Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall 26-1 (13).

The 31-year-old Scottish southpaw previously handed back his WBC and WBA straps in favour of a second fight with British southpaw Catterall, 29, who he defeated by split decision back in February.

The closeness of the bout and the fact that many fans and pundits felt Catterall did enough to win has driven Taylor to remain at 140-pounds for one more fight before a planned move up to welterweight.

“Yes I vacated and I will continue to do whatever it takes to be in a position to make the rematch with Jack Catterall happen,” Taylor told Sky Sports.

“He [Catterall] is with [promotional team] BOXXER now and therefore it should be easy-peasy to make seeing as they work so closely with Top Rank.”

Taylor’s promoter Bob Arum says negotiations are almost complete with the bout expected to take place in Scotland in November.

“I think it’s almost there. My legal staff are handling that and the last report I had was that everybody seems like they’re on board,” Arum said.

“It isn’t signed yet, but I’m reasonably optimistic that the fight will take place. I think the date is the last Saturday in November, the 26th, and I would like to see if we could do it in Scotland, where the last fight occurred.

“Taylor told us he was very disappointed with his performance in that fight, even though he felt he won and I thought he won, but it will be a good rematch as Catterall is a pretty good fighter.”

According to Arum, another reason Taylor vacated three of his world title belts was because of the amount of money he was paying in sanctioning fees.

“Josh sees things a lot like I see them,” Arum said. “It’s wonderful to be a unified champion, but if you’re a unified champion it comes with a lot of baggage. Each of these organisations take three percent out of your purse. Like Josh told me, after his last fight with Catterall – which was a four-belt unification fight – 12 percent of his purse went to his organiations. That’s so ridiculous!

“Whatever the fighter is making, he has to pay his manager, the training camp and then each of these guys three per cent. If he just fights for the WBO title then he’ll only pay three per cent and that’s a lot better, and it won’t turn off even one fan.

“As far as the fans are concerned it’s the fight, not the belts. It’s okay to go after all the belts and be a unified champion, but once you’re a unified champion, the prudent thing to do is give up three of the belts.”