Jack Catterall Grabs Josh Taylor By Throat At Weigh-In
Frustration seemed to get over the top between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall.
On Friday, Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) weighed in at the division limit of 140 pounds while Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) came in at 139 pounds. When the two boxers met for the traditional face-off, Taylor stepped forward aggressively, prompting Catterall to grab his neck.
Taylor immediately pushed him backwards by the throat. Security separated them.
“He tried to put his hands on me, I got a reaction out of him, and tomorrow I’m going to put him flat on his back,” Taylor told Sky Sports.
“I look forward to tomorrow,” Catterall added.
“I seen him marching over [for the head-to-head], there’s a nice crowd, and I had more support than he did. I’m fired up and ready to go.”
Taylor and Catterall began to get feistier with one another days leading up to their fight.
Catterall accused Taylor of faking his injury, which cancelled their original December 18 date, and Taylor responded by calling him a “clown.”
Both boxers promised they’re going to go into Saturday swinging.
Taylor will be defending his four undisputed titles for the first time since winning them over Jose Carlos Ramirez.
Saturday will be the first time Catterall gets a title shot. While his resume doesn’t have much familiar names, he’s sparred with boxing’s greatest including Floyd Mayweather Jr and Canelo Alvarez.
Former world champion Ricky Hatton said he’s rooting for Catterall to pull of the upset, all he has to do is believe.