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Josh Taylor vows not to make the same mistake twice ahead of Jack Catterall rematch

Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall after their first encounter. Photo credit: SNS Group

WBO junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-0 (13) is looking forward to proving his critics wrong when he takes on Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall 26-1 (13) in an immediate rematch of their hotly disputed bout in February last year that resulted in the champion emerging victorious by split decision.

The scores were 114-111 and 113-112 for Taylor and 113-112 for Catterall at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland when they last met for all four of the major sanctioning bodies’ world titles that were in the possession of Taylor.

The 33-year-old Scottish southpaw has since relinquished his WBC, WBA and IBF belts so that he wouldn’t be at the mercy of the sanctioning bodies’ mandatory contenders.

It was widely expected that the 5-foot-10 Scottish southpaw would move up in weight following his win over Catterall, but after reviewing his preparation for the fight and subsequent performance on the night decided that he could do much better.

Pride meant that he couldn’t leave the weight class he had made his own with a question mark on his last bout in the division.

The date for the often-postponed rematch is March 4 in Glasgow, Scotland, with the SSE Hydro again being the likely venue.

“I’ve been waiting on this for a long time,” Taylor told Sky Sports News. “I’ve had to let go of belts, I’ve had to let go of all my belts near enough; I’ve got the WBO left, just to make this fight happen and prove that I’m a real champion.”

One of the changes that Taylor has made since the first bout has been a switch in trainers, replacing Ben Davison with Joe McNally, who has previously coached heavyweight David Price and junior middleweight Liam Smith.

“I just needed a fresh change up in my approach to things,” Taylor said. “I just felt in my previous camp I was getting taken away from what my natural qualities are and sort of changing my style a little bit too much. I need to get back to my own self.

“I think what I had achieved in 18 fights and in only four or five years as a professional, becoming an undisputed champion, no one’s ever done it before in the UK in the four belt era, creating a massive part of history, I just got a little bit complacent.

“I tried to learn from other athletes and boxers letting complacency creep in but I am only human at the end of the day and it did creep in a little bit but I won’t be making the same mistake twice.”

Meanwhile, Catterall insists he deserved the nod in the first bout and says he will be even more dominant in the second go-round.

“For me it’s about cementing my name alongside the top fighters in my weight division and hopefully this time around getting a fair shake,” Catterall told Sky Sports News.

“There was a lot of talk from Josh before the first fight about how he was going to outfight me, outpunch, outbox me and I had every answer for him that night.

“I still believe I’ve got them answers and the ability to beat him.”