Josh Taylor Explains Why Jack Catterall Won’t Defeat Him In Title Defense

It’s been relatively quiet leading up to the Josh Taylor-Jack Catterall title fight.

But, on Wednesday, Taylor had a few words for his upcoming opponent.

“He’s a good fighter, I’ve got a lot of respect for Jack” Taylor told Sky Sports.

“It’s a step up in class for him because he hasn’t boxed at the level I have. He is a talented fighter, but he hasn’t got what it takes to beat me.”

If there’s one thing, it’s that Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) has been in more bouts than Taylor, but that may not amount to much. Regardless, Catterall has notched wins over names like Joe Hughes, Tyrone Nurse, Tyrone McKenna and Ohara Davies.

The 28-year-old Englishman held the British light welterweight title in 2017.

“I beat Josh by listening to instructions,” Catterall said.

“Using everything I’ve learned over the years and executing it.”

Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs), meanwhile, became the undisputed light welterweight after besting Jose Carlos Ramirez in May of 2021 via unanimous decision. He became the second Scotsman to be an undisputed champion and the first British boxer to do so with four belts.

Taylor has already had his name tied with a potential fight with WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, but those are unlikely to happen at the moment.

Catterall gets his shot at the belt on February 26 in Scotland. The bout was originally scheduled for December 18, but he was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.

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