Jack Catterall CURRENT as Josh Taylor wins by split split decision despite being beaten for world title

JACK CATTERALL was robbed of the undisputed ultralight title by embarrassing scorecards following his superb performance against Josh Taylor.

The underrated 28-year-old is said to be an easy opponent to play home for Taylor31 years old, – after three years of fighting – and a sweet substance before giving up his titles and moving up to the welterweight division.

Taylor has retained her four world titles in much-controversial fashion


Taylor has retained her four world titles in much-controversial fashionCredits: Kenny Ramsay
Catterall fought a sensational battle against the undisputed champion


Catterall fought a sensational battle against the undisputed championCredit: PA
Catterall beat Taylor in round 1/8


Catterall beat Taylor in round 1/8Credit: Getty

But the massive 6-1 loss – nicknamed El Gato – ripped the script and silenced the 12,000 screaming Scots who had piled up in Hydro baying for British blood.

And, in the end, it was Taylor, who was slashed across the face, in eighth place, scoring a point.

But two of the three judges ruined the boy’s life by robbing him.

Howard Foster got it right – but still too close – to score 113-112 for Catterall.

But Ian John Lewis and Victor Loughlin brought embarrassment to the sport with scores of 114-11 and 113-112 for Taylor.

Referee Marcus McDonnell may have known he was on a busy shift after the pair grabbed and shoved each other’s throats in Friday’s equalizer.

Catterall landed with his left hand exploding from the same Southpaw pose Taylor did and sending the Prestonpans man back a step to recover.

The Chorley man also landed a couple of jabs that should have ensured he opened the scoring on the judges’ scorecard.

Taylor seemed to be struggling to find his range compared to a left-handed person of the same sex but he spotted a much larger man inside the rope.

Early in the second, Taylor was warned by McDonnell for rabbit-like punches to the back of Catterall’s head.

Taylor bullies him back in the second inning and then Catterall hurls a rugby ball at him, which ends with Scot off the ground and his feet flying rapidly.

Catterall’s footwork and physique made it nearly impossible for Taylor to execute his shots and McDonnell had to warn them again in the third round for rough tactics.

Taylor landed with a couple of left hooks but Catterall responded and retaliated with a precise one-two and a body blow to Taylor’s tattooed six-pack.

It was a lousy match with two male faws clashing and fighting for but neater hits always coming from the challenger tagging Taylor’s head and torso.

Coach Jamie Moore can be heard telling Catterall around the time that his performance so far has been “perfect” and he’s not far off.

Taylor has complained twice about headbutts but McDonnell ignored his pleas and he needs to worry more about miracles happening to Catterall, who is growing in confidence and before day two. six, Taylor suffered a cut in her right eye.

Catterall was also left-handed in game six, as Taylor’s early titles and heavyweight reputation began to slip out of his hands.

And when they landed and traded on round eight, Taylor was pushed onto the deck with a count of eight.

As Taylor swooped down to take his shot, Catterall slashed a left hand to his temple and knocked the undefeated ace.

And Taylor was in pain again seconds later when a one- or two-pointed spear lodged in his jaw and stiffened his leg.

Taylor roared in the ninth minute when a left hand found Catterall’s beard but he was too close to immortal boxing to now wither.

Catterall lost a point in the tenth round for repeatedly holding and pushing Taylor’s head down in the encirclement.

Taylor celebrates in front of his Scotland fans as Catterall is devastated


Taylor celebrates in front of his Scotland fans as Catterall is devastatedCredit: Reuters

Taylor has entered the fight high on boxing’s list of top boxers and is well on his way to becoming his nation’s best boxer, aiming to rival the legendary Ken Buchanan.

But when he landed a point at the end of the eleventh round, having been attacked after the bell, he was destined to walk away battered, bruised and beltless.

Taylor’s coach Ben Davison told him before the final round that he needed a KO to hang on to his belt, and he connected with a late point.

But Catterall was too clever to be caught and celebrated at the last ring – only to be disrupted by lousy officials.

Speaking after the match, Taylor said: “I don’t think there’s a need for a rematch, I won the second half of the match, I beat him.

“He tried to spoil a lot, there were a lot of clashes, there was a lot of pressure on me in my first home game in three years and that showed in the game.

“Once I got to the beat, I started to catch up with him but it wasn’t my best performance.

“I put too much pressure on myself, I’m a heavyweight lover and wanted to give a show to my home fans.

“I knew I won the skirmish, it was close but I landed better and the skirmishes were more meaningful.

“He had good teamfights but he didn’t win the teamfights and he knows it, I came on strong in the second half and substituted.

“Now I move on. I’ve been doing good weightlifting but it’s gotten harder and harder and that will probably be my last fight at 140lbs.”

Catterall coach Jamie Moore said: “I can’t put it into words. He worked all his life for that moment, he waited three years, did the right thing, performed like that, beat the champion in his own backyard and got robbed.


“What message does that send to people at home? It’s disgusting.

“My son is 16, about to get into boxing and if he saw that, what would he think?

“Sky asked him to come down and talk but how did he do that? He was really heartbroken. Jack Catterall CURRENT as Josh Taylor wins by split split decision despite being beaten for world title


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