WBO, IBF junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor insists that he’s ready and willing to face Jack Catterall in a heated rematch.
They met in the ring back in February, with Taylor getting dropped for the first time in his career and pulling off a controversial twelve round split decision.
Taylor had issues with the tricky boxing style of Catterall, who entered the ring as the mandatory challenger under the WBO.
In the aftermath, Catterall demanded a rematch take place as soon as possible.
Taylor – who at the time held every world title at 140-pounds – was hit with two mandatory orders, from the WBC and WBA.
The WBA ordered him to face Alberto Puello, while the WBC ordered to fight Jose Zepeda.
Taylor, who vowed to face Catterall in a rematch to set the record straight, would walk away from both the WBA and WBC belts.
Now that he’s removed the mandatory orders hanging over his head, Taylor believes there is nothing left to prevent a rematch with Catterall from taking place before the end of the year.
“I was going to have to fight Jose Zepeda in August or September and that just isn’t possible with the wedding only being a few weeks ago. There’s no way I’m prepared to go into a fight not being in the best shape,” Taylor explained to the Edinburgh News.
“But the reason I’m also doing this is to get the Catterall fight. It’s a chance to shut people up and show that I am still the best in the division. There’s nothing stopping this fight happening now. I’ve done everything I can to make it happen so it’s now over to Jack. But I won’t wait around for him.”