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Jack Catterall sends Christmas message to Josh Taylor ahead of rematch

Jack Catterall

Junior welterweight contender Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall 26-1 (13) has delivered a message to old rival Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-0 (13) ahead of Christmas.

“Not too much turkey, fatboy. See you in the new year,” the 29-year-old British southpaw said to Sky Sports.

Catterall lost a controversial split decision in a bout for the undisputed world championship against fellow southpaw Taylor, 31, back in February.

Taylor, who has since relinquished his WBC, WBA and IBF titles, claimed he simply had a bad night. There had also been widespread speculation that the 5-foot-10 Scotsman would be moving up to the welterweight division after the Catterall fight.

Instead, Taylor is determined to defeat Catterall definitely before moving on to campaign in a second weight class.

Catterall says he will send him on his way with his first career loss when they meet in March for the WBO strap.

“For me it’s more about fighting Josh and getting the win this time, and proving to the public that it wasn’t the case [of Taylor having an off night] and I do belong at world level,” Catterall said.

“[Not being an undisputed fight] changes things slightly but I’ve always set out to be world champion and over the last couple of years I’ve been closing in on that dream.

“It got taken away in February but fortunately we’ve still got the WBO title and I believe the Ring Magazine title on the line.

“That’s motivation in itself, to become world champion. I’m obviously not looking past Josh but it’d be nice to go out and unify the division myself.”

As for his own preparation during the holiday season, Catterall says nothing will change.

“It’s going to be business as usual,” he said. “As a professional athlete you have got to make sacrifices. The fight coming early next year means Christmas and New Year is cancelled.

“I’ll be able to spend time with family but just not get involved in the celebration. I’ll put all my energy and focus into the rematch.”

Taylor, who unified all four major world titles against Jose Carlos Ramirez 27-1 (17) in Las Vegas in May last year, has admitted to a lack of focus going into the first fight against Catterall, but is adamant that will not be the case the second time around.

“It’s no secret the performance I put on the last time was terrible,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “It was the worst I’ve ever been.

“But a lot of that was down to myself, a lack of motivation, a lack of drive, a little bit of complacency was creeping in a bit as well.

“It’s a different approach this time mentally, I’m more switched on and taking it seriously.

“I don’t think I need to change too much tactically-wise, but definitely it’ll be a different fight.”