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Jack Catterall returns against Jorge Linares in Liverpool in October

Jack Catterall

Junior welterweight contender Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall 27-1 (13) will get the opportunity to get his career back on track when he faces former multiple-weight world champion Jorge Linares 47-8 (29) at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England on October 21.

The 30-year-old British southpaw’s career has been cruelled by inactivity for reasons outside of his control. His split decision loss to then-undisputed 140-pound champion Josh Taylor 19-1 (13) in February last year — a fight that many fans and pundits felt he won — came after a 15 month layoff.

The rematch with Taylor, 32, was moved about in the schedule before the Scottish southpaw withdrew due to a tear of the plantar fascia tendon in his foot.

Catterall blew out the cobwebs with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Darragh Foly 22-5-1 (10) in May in what was just his second fight in two-and-a-half year.

It has been a rough run for Catterall, but he believes the bad luck is behind him.

“It is an honour to share a ring with Jorge Linares,” said Catterall. “I’ve watched him come over to the UK on three occasions and win three times. He is a legend of the game and this is a must-win fight for the both of us for very different reasons.

“There is talk of a huge fight for me after this but it’ll count for nothing if I take my eye off the ball — which I can’t afford to do at this stage of my career. It’s no secret my career has lacked momentum, so after boxing in May and now October I genuinely believe you’ll see the best version of me on October 21.”

Venezuelan Linares won his first world title at featherweight when he claimed the vacant WBC crown against Oscar Larios 15 years ago. World titles at super featherweight and lightweight followed.

The 37-year-old is on a three fight losing streak that includes a competitive points loss to reigning undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney 30-0 (15). How much Linares has left in the tank remains to be seen, but at this stage it’s best to consider him an aging but serviceable veteran.

“October 21 I’m back in the UK,” said Linares. “I’m full of emotion and ready to give everybody a spectacular performance against a tremendous opponent Jack Catterall.

“I just want everyone to know that I’m ready to give Jack a great boxing lesson and to continue making history in the UK. The last Samurai is back, stronger than ever.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn is hyped for the fight.

“Jack is active and firing on all cylinders, looking to make a statement against multi-weight world champion and future Hall of Famer Jorge Linares,” the Matchroom Sport chairman said.

“Jack wants the rematch with bitter rival Josh Taylor or the winner of Devin Haney vs Regis Prograis if that fight gets over the line, but he can’t take his eye off the ball here.

“Jorge returns to these shores looking to make it four wins from four fights in the UK after his epic fights with Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Crolla twice. He’s made it clear that this is his last big roll of the dice and he is already deep into camp training like a machine.”