Josh Taylor Is ‘Gutted’ He Can’t Defend Vs. Jack Catterall Due To Knee Injury

Another U.K. boxer is out of his title defense due to injury.

Josh Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) has forcibly withdrawn from his December 18 mandatory title defense against Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) due to a knee injury he sustained during training, Top Rank announced Thursday afternoon.

The fight has now been delayed to February 26, 2022.

“I’m gutted I won’t be able to defend my title on December 18 as originally planned, but I wanted to make sure I was 100 percent healthy to give my incredible fans the show they deserve,” Taylor said in a statement.

“This homecoming has been a long time in the making, and it will be worth the wait. I will see everyone on February 26.”

Taylor has donned the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO world super light welterweight titles since his unanimous decision win over Jose Carlos Ramirez in June.

Taylor has owned the WBA and IBF straps since a majority decision win over Regis Prograis in 2019.

Catterall, meanwhile, has been due for a title shot since January 2019 when Maurice Hooker had the belt.

But he’s stayed busy with three wins over Oscar Amador, Timo Schwarzkopf and, most recently, Abderrazak Houya in November of last year.

Fans on social media, in the comments of the news, expressed their disappointment in the postponement.

“Everything happens for a reason! I am gutted not just for me but for everyone who had planned to go,” Catterall said in a statement.

“I will remain professional and continue working for the new date. 2022, I will be world champion. Obstacles like this are nothing new for me. I will turn the frustration into positive energy.”

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