Jack Catterall believes Josh Taylor has solely agreed to combat him for a second time because of the public strain placed on him following their first combat.
Catterall suffered a massively contentious break up resolution defeat to Taylor in February – the outcome sending shockwaves round British boxing.
Regardless of Taylor being assured the suitable man received, the outcome was hotly contested to the extent that it was referred to the police by the Speaker of the Home of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
One of many judges scoring the bout, Ian John-Lewis, was downgraded by the British Boxing Board of Management following the controversy that noticed a number of distinguished figures in boxing counsel the outcome was as a result of corruption.
‘The Tartan Twister’ initially dismissed requires a rematch and it was thought he could be vacating his titles and transferring as much as welterweight to tackle new challenges.
In a U-turn, Taylor not too long ago introduced his intention to keep at super-lightweight to ‘shut everybody up’ by rematching Catterall who he’s nonetheless sure he beat earlier this 12 months.
The Manchester fighter feels Taylor doesn’t actually wish to face him once more and says a second combat is being pressured on the previous undisputed light-weight champion who has no different choices at this level.
“I consider he’s underneath a variety of strain, from the general public as effectively, for this combat to occur,” Catterall informed talkSPORT Struggle Evening.
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“Let’s make no mistake, he’s misplaced a variety of assist because the combat. I feel the way in which he’s carried himself and his phrases and his actions post-fight.
“I don’t suppose there’s any combat for him there at welterweight on the minute, and there’s definitely nobody else at 140.”
The 29-year-old was gutted to lose his undefeated report in such controversial circumstances however has now moved on and is wanting ahead to turning into a world champion on the second time of asking.
“We drew a line underneath it. We couldn’t change the choice. I feel they demoted a referee. There was a few letters back-and-forth, however it’s what it’s,” Catterall added.
“I mentioned it on the time, they stole the second in time from me. Preventing for the undisputed, that second has gone now, and it received’t come again round.
“So, now it’s about rebuilding and getting these world titles. Hopefully, I can go on the market and decide two within the subsequent combat.”
It’s presently unclear precisely when or the place the rematch between Catterall and Taylor will happen however it’s anticipated to occur within the UK later this 12 months.