Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall Have Verbal Exchanges At Press Conference, ‘The Gloves Are Off’

While Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall have made it clear that they respect one another, that didn’t mean they wouldn’t let a few insults fly, especially during Thursday’s press conference.

Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) will make his first defense of his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF light welterweight titles against Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday.

“I’m not thinking about anybody else other than Jack, but he’s in for a long, painful beatdown on Saturday. It’s about levels and we’ll see that,” Taylor said at the press conference.

“The respect is there, but me and Josh both know when the bell goes on Saturday that we’re going to punch each other’s heads in,” Catterall added Thursday.

Prior to the final press conference, Taylor and Catterall hopped on “The Gloves Are Off,” a short buildup segment that Sky Sports broadcasts.

While the two boxers lack bad blood, there were five words that Taylor spewed with aggression.

“I was injured ya clown!”

Taylor responded with that after Catterall claimed that his opponent lied about his knee injury, which delayed the original December 18 date.

“I probably could have been ready for December 18th – just – but I wouldn’t have been confident in my preparations…,” he told The Ring.

“I don’t want to lose these belts. I believe I could have won the fight without being fully fit, but it wasn’t a risk I was willing to take, especially with how hard I’ve worked to achieve what I’ve achieved.”

In “The Gloves Are Off” broadcast, Taylor and Catterall did take some verbal jabs at one another.

“If it’s a boxing match, it’s a shut-out for me. If it’s a fight, you have no chance. If you meet me in the middle of the ring, you’re going to sleep,” Taylor said.

Catterall replied, “That’s his downfall. He’s too hot-heated.

“I’m more controlled, and have more self-discipline, than you will ever know.”

In a separate interview with Boxing Scene, Taylor was transparent with how expensive it could be to hold onto all four belts. Taylor became just the fifth unified champion in the four-belt era.

He revealed that he will pay 11% of his purse in sanctioning fees; that’s 2% to the WBO and 3% each to the IBF, WBA and WBC. He is set to receive $5 million from his fight Saturday.

“So, I’ve got nothing left to do at the weight category. I’ve achieved everything. The only thing left to do is defend the belts. If all goes my way [against Catterall], we’ll see what happens,” Taylor said.

“I’m not making any decisions [before facing Catterall], because I still think there’s big fights at 140 to be had if I stay at the weight. You know, so yeah, I think the next natural thing would be to go up to welterweight. But if a big fight lures me in, keeps me there, I’ll probably stay [at 140].”

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