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Josh Taylor intends to move up to welterweight if rematch with Jack Catterall doesn’t happen

Josh Taylor is two belts lighter than the last time he fought Jack Catterall, but says he’s ready to rebound after a ‘career-worst performance.’

Josh Taylor says a lack of motivation and a hard weight cut led to an underwhelming performance against Jack Catterall in February.
Josh Taylor says a lack of motivation and a hard weight cut led to an underwhelming performance against Jack Catterall in February.

Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor has taken a lot of heat for his performance against Jack Catterall in February, particularly since most believe he was plainly gifted with an undeserved decision.

Well, Taylor tells Sky Sports that he believes a lot of his career achievements have been largely overlooked in favor of the recent criticisms that have been levied against him, but that he’s in this sport to be the best fighter possible and not looking for pats on the back.

“I was a shadow of myself in that last fight, you could see it evidently from the documentary [Portrait of a Fighter] the problems I had in the camp and stuff. A shadow of myself, a shadow of my former self in the ring. A huge part of it was motivation, a huge part of it was the weight cut as well due to my lack of motivation. You can see I just wasn’t myself, my career-worst performance.”

But it’s clear Taylor is well aware of the calls for him to give Catterall another shot, and while Taylor was originally non-committal, he’s at least now suggesting that he’s entertaining the idea, while also adding that he’ll move up in weight should that not happen.

Taylor has officially vacated both his WBC and WBA world titles since his fight with Catterall, freeing him up from some of those mandatory title defense obligations, but how much he actually pushes for a Catterall rematch still remains to be seen. We all know Catterall wants the fight, so one would naturally presume the ball still lies in Taylor’s court.