Just when fans thought there was hope, another roadblock gets thrown in the way.
According to Boxing Scene, the anticipated rematch between WBO junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor and contender Jack Catterall is in limbo once again due to an issue with building availability, preventing Top Rank (Taylor) and BOXXER (Catterall) from finalizing an agreement and making an official announcement.
In late July, reports circulated about November 26 being the targeted date with the OVO Hydro in Glasgow being the targeted location again, but promoters later explored different venues in England, including the AO Arena in Manchester.
This reportedly forced promoters to move off of the November 26 date and onto a December date, but now even that looks to be in doubt. If no progress can be made, the rematch might not happen until early 2023, nearly a year after the controversial bout.
The two fought on February 26 where Taylor – the previous undisputed junior welterweight champion — defended against Catterall. Spectators were outraged when the bout went to the judges, who gave the fight in favor of Taylor.
Judges Ian-John Lewis (114-111) and Victor Loughlin (113-112) gave it to Taylor while judge Howard Foster scored it 113-112 for Catterall.
Catterall, who is ranked No. 5 by the WBO, had knocked Taylor to the mat in the eighth round.
The results caused an uproar on social media, and even led to Taylor and his girlfriend to receive threats.
Since then, both boxers have been on a mission to secure an immediate rematch. Catterall signed a multi-fight deal with BOXXER while Taylor vacated three of his four belts to get matched up with Catterall again.