Undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor will defend his four belts against Jack Catterall on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
This will be Taylor’s first defense of his undisputed championship. He captured all of the belts in the junior welterweight division against Jose Ramirez in May 2021. Taylor defeated Ramirez via unanimous decision and added the WBC and WBO belts to his trophy case.
Saturday’s bout will be a full-circle moment for Taylor since he won the IBF junior welterweight title in May 2019 against Ivan Baranchyk at the SSE Hydro. Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) will be competing in his fifth world title fight. Recently, Taylor has been flirting with a move up in weight to the welterweight division. There is a chance that Taylor could vacate his world titles at 140 pounds and make the leap to welterweight.
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Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) will be fighting in the first world title fight of his career. Up until this point, Catterall’s fight against Taylor will be his second 12-round bout as a professional. His first 12-round bout happened against Ohara Davies in October 2018. Catterall defeated Davies via unanimous decision.
In his last outing, Catterall defeated Abderrazak Houya on points in November 2020. This will be a major step up in competition for Catterall, but he has the experience of winning to give him the confidence to hang around with Taylor. Catterall is a defensive fighter who likes to catch his opponent with looping hooks while they enter inside. He will need to catch Taylor on a counter.
Final Prediction: Josh Taylor def. Jack Catterall via eighth-round TKO/KO
Taylor will prove to be too much for Catterall with his boxing skills on the outside. Taylor will not be afraid to trade with Catterall, but he will be able to avoid any damaging punches from Catterall. Look for Taylor to switch stances at times and return to his southpaw stances. His jab will set up an overhand right that will hurt Catterall in the second half of the fight. Taylor’s hand speed and boxing skills will prevent Catterall from being successful. This could be Taylor’s final fight at 140 pounds and he will leave a mark on the division if this is his last fight.