Josh Taylor Unsure Of Future At Super-Lightweight
The undisputed super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor is yet to give any verdict on whether he will stay at 140lbs or not.
Following his controversial split-decision victory against Jack Catterall in February, Taylor hinted that he might move up to 147lbs where the likes of Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. could be possible opponents for the Scot.
Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) undoubtedly is a force to reckon with in the super-lightweight division but lately, he has been facing immense difficulty cutting weight which has led to the thought of moving higher on the scale.
But the 31-year-old is yet to reach any final decision.
“I want to fight Jack again to shut everyone else up,” Taylor told the National.
“I want to put it right, put it to bed and make sure I’m still the best in the division and the best in the world. I’d like to give Jack a rematch to really fill him in and perform at my best.”
But time isn’t in the favor of Taylor either as the negotiation period for a mandatory fight against WBA Interim belt holder Alberto Puello expired yesterday. And if that fight doesn’t happen, the Scot will be stripped of all titles he holds at 140 lbs.
“If I stay at 140lbs, the WBA have already called in a mandatory so that has to happen next otherwise I get stripped of a title and if I stay at 140 there’s no way I’m giving up any of the belts.”
The Southpaw further lamented that his decision of staying at 10 stone is hugely dependent upon his nutritionist and team.
“I’ll need to have a good chat with my nutritionist and my team and see if we can do it safely or approach things differently if I stay at 140lbs,” he added.
“I’m 31 and I’ve been making the same weight since I was 21. It’s getting harder in between fights and that last one proved really hard. You saw the state of me on the scales and the performance I put in was way below par.”
Taylor had a major escape against Catterall at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro where the 31-year-old closed the show with a split decision victory. The decision didn’t go very well with the boxing fans with many of them believing that Catterall had done enough to gain the win after 12 rounds.
Taylor also had to endure huge criticism on social media platforms with things turning ugly as he received death threats intended for his family as well.
“The fall-out has been crazy and I’ve never seen anything like it. The abuse Danielle (Taylor’s fiancé) and my wee sister have had, it’s crazy. When you see them getting personal attacks about their appearance and threats of violence, it’s really hard to take.”