Josh Taylor Explains What He Sees In Jack Catterall
Josh Taylor said he isn’t underestimating Jack Catterall.
Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) is making his first undisputed title defense against British prospect Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs). Taylor said he knows he’s going to bring his “A” game.
“I’m treating Jack Catterall as a massive threat because he is a massive threat. He’s a massive threat to what I’ve worked so hard to get and achieve,” he told Boxing News.
Taylor described Catterall as a “very good fighter” who is also well rounded.
When Floyd Mayweather Jr was training for Manny Pacquiao in 2015, Mayweather brought Catterall for sparring. He sparred the retired legendary boxer twice a week for four weeks.
Catterall debuted in pro boxing with a win via points over Carl Allen in September 2012. His breakout year then came in 2014 where he fought four times and won them all – three of those wins being a technical knockout.
“I know what he does well and I know what I’m expecting,” Taylor said.
“I’m very well prepared for whatever he brings. But whatever he does bring I’m more than ready for.”
Catterall has also sparred with undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
But Taylor added that he’s had “loads” of sparring partners – all of them “different types.” He’s even had slightly heavier guys come to him similar to Catterall’s style.
Taylor became the undisputed super light welterweight with a unanimous decision win over Jose Carlos Ramirez. He is also ranked as the world’s best active light welterweight.