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Josh Taylor lashes critics as Jack Catterall rematch looms

Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-0 (13) is expected to defend his WBO 140-pound strap against Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall 26-1 (13) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on February 4.

The all-southpaw battle will be an immediate rematch of their contest at the same venue last February that ended in a hotly disputed split draw that went the way of Taylor by scores of 114-111, 113-112 and 112-113.

The media coverage in the fallout from the fight didn’t sit well with the 31-year-old Scotsman.

“When I win this fight and all the so-called top boxing pundits, the outlets, want to be your friend again, they can all get to France as far as I’m concerned,” Taylor said to the Edinburgh Evening News. “They showed who they wanted to win the fight with all their bias.

“After the fight it was all ‘Jack this and Jack that’ but I’m still the champion and I’ve heard nothing from anyone, and the stuff they have written about me, they’ve really shown their true colours. It’s a grudge match. It’s become personal with the things that have been said since the fight like Jack moaning about corruption and all this shit. There’s a bit of needle there so I’m going to get in the ring and knock him out this time.”

Taylor has admitted his performance against Catterall the first time around was subpar, but insists he deserved to win the fight.

For this fight Taylor will be trained by Joe McNally after splitting from former trainer Ben Davidson.

Taylor ditched his WBC, WBA and IBF titles in order to make the rematch with Catterall. He is widely expected to move up to the welterweight division after this bout.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” Taylor said. “I don’t have to do this fight. I’ve got huge other options at 140-pounds, (Teofimo) Lopez would be a massive fight and a big pay day, so I don’t need to fight Jack.

“At the end of the day, he needs me. I’ll beat him pillar to post this time. I’m sick of going over the last fight – there’s no need to anymore. Everything is back – I didn’t have that motivation, the fire in my belly but I do now. I took my eye off the ball, but not this time. He’ll soon be back fighting at domestic level.”

Catterall’s promoter Ben Shalom of BOXXER says the controversy surrounding the first fight is what makes the rematch so intriguing.

“I think that’s a huge fight which was in the midst of controversy,” Shalom told the Daily Mail in October.

“The only way to correct that is to find a way to do the rematch. It’s an extremely important rematch for British boxing.”