In a actuality barely completely different to this one, Josh Taylor would at present be campaigning at welterweight with the likes of Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. As an alternative, the Scotsman is transferring in direction of a rematch with fellow 140 pounder Jack Catterall.
Taylor, at present the Ring and WBO champion, final boxed ‘El Gato’ in February this 12 months. He gained a cut up choice in what would turn into one of the crucial controversial outcomes of latest occasions.
‘The Tartan Twister’ is within the minority when he says he thinks he gained the battle, with promoter Ben Shalom saying within the aftermath that he was “embarrassed” and lots of fighters taking to social media to voice their shock that Catterall hadn’t had his hand raised.
It was, because it typically is, taken too far on social media, with abuse being focused on the fighter’s household by angered followers.
For Taylor, setting the report straight is the one factor on his thoughts. Speaking to The Ring Magazine, he mirrored on the primary battle and why he was maybe ‘unmotivated.’
“Trying again, I believe it’s as a result of I’d simply climbed Everest by way of turning into undisputed world champion. What can I do now to maintain reaching, preserve climbing, preserve chasing these goals? Let’s transfer to welterweight and chase a world title at a second weight. I wanted to maintain the motivation and the starvation.”
“I misplaced the hearth, however I didn’t overlook him. It was only a battle that didn’t get my juices flowing.”
If motivation was the issue again then, it definitely isn’t now. The rematch, which ought to land on Sky Sports activities within the UK, is prone to happen earlier than the 12 months’s out. Even with no strong date, Taylor has a imaginative and prescient of what he plans to do when the primary bell rings.
“Revisit this, smash him to smithereens. I actually need to put a foul, painful beatdown on him. No boxing, no transferring round. I’m going to hunt and destroy – smash him to bits this time. I’ll go away little doubt.
After that, we are able to see what’s taking place with the remainder of my profession. However I’m not excited about that. All I’m excited about is doing a demolition job on Jack Catterall.”
All of the speak from camps and promoters level to the rematch taking place, thus giving Taylor his probability to finish the speak as soon as and for all. There shall be, nevertheless, a person throughout the ring in Catterall who will feel he has some wrongs to right as well.