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Josh Taylor to defend undisputed title against Jack Catterall on Dec. 18

Taylor won the undisputed 140 lb championship on May 22.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Josh Taylor’s expected next fight is set, as it has been announced that he will defend his undisputed 140 lb championship against WBO mandatory challenger Jack Catterall on Dec. 18 in Glasgow.

Taylor (18-0, 13 KO) unified all four titles at junior welterweight with his May 22 win over Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas, a fight that was allowed to happen because Catterall (26-0, 13 KO) agreed to step aside with a guarantee that he’d face the winner, or at least then get his crack at a possibly vacant WBO title.

Taylor does have designs on moving up to 147, but he will make at least one defense of his crown with this one, which will take place at The SSE Hydro, site of wins over Wiston Campos, Viktor Postol, Ryan Martin, and Ivan Baranchyk in 2018-19.

Catterall last fought on Nov. 28, so he will be out of the ring for over a year when he laces up to face Taylor in December. He has basically been staying busy since getting the mandatory appointment, but now he’s got what he’s been waiting on, and it’s a bigger fight than he might have ever imagined it would be when first named mandatory.

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