Jack Catterall has taken every necessary step to secure a second chance at a lasting impression.
The top-rated junior welterweight has entered a multi-fight agreement with BOXXER, the UK promotional outfit confirmed Friday morning. The move allows the 29-year-old British southpaw to enter a rematch with lineal/IBF/WBO 140-pound king Josh Taylor, which will air later this year on a Sky Sports platform.
“I have wanted to fight Josh Taylor ever since our last fight so I’m very grateful to today announce that Probellum and Richard Schaefer have been true to their word,” noted Catterall. “I have now signed a multi-fight deal with Sky to allow the fight to take place.”
As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, the targeted date for their sequel is November 26 at The OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The venue hosted their first fight this past February 26, with Scotland’s Taylor (19-0, 13KOs) retaining what was his undisputed championship at the time via controversial split decision victory.
Catterall (26-1, 13KOs) has campaigned for a rematch ever since, though his promotional alignment made that a difficult proposition. The ten-year pro from Chorley, Lancashire, UK signed with Probellum in March, the move becoming problematic after the first-year promotional outfit and its co-founders Richard Schaefer and Ali Shams Pour have since entered a lawsuit with BOXXER as reported by BoxingScene.com.
As rumors swirled of a Taylor-Catterall rematch, BoxingScene.com learned that a significant portion of finalizing the fight hinged on Catterall clearing up his promotional situation. The steps he has taken have come with Probellum’s blessing.
“Big announcement today for Jack Catterall and the Josh Taylor rematch,” Schaefer said via social media, lending his full support to Catterall even without the benefit of being all the way along for the ride. “The fight we ALL want. Probellum was founded to change the boxing game & we will NEVER let boxing politics stand in the way of the fights that fans & fighters want.
“We’ll be backing you all the way, Jack!”
Catterall found himself as a man without a country in his first career title fight earlier this year. Taylor was fighting in Scotland for the first time since winning his first major title in May 2019, when he dethroned then-unbeaten IBF junior welterweight titlist Ivan Baranchyk. The Scottish southpaw has since fully unified all of the 140-pound titles, complete with his two-knockdown, twelve-round win over Jose Ramirez in their May 2021 battle of unbeaten, unified titlists.
The fight with Ramirez came on the condition that the winner next face Catterall, who was the WBO mandatory but agreed to step aside to allow the undisputed championship. Catterall was then forced to wait an additional two months when a training camp injury forced Taylor to postpone their scheduled December 18 clash in Glasgow.
It appeared that his patience would pay off, as Catterall dominated Taylor early and even scored an eighth-round knockdown in their ESPN/Sky Sports-aired championship clash. Taylor surged late, just enough to prevail in a split decision verdict that was met with industry-wide criticism.
Catterall was further disrespected by the industry. Two mandatory challengers were already in waiting, as Alberto Puello (20-0, 10KOs) was next ordered to contend for the crown as the WBA number-one contender. Taylor vacated that belt, similarly walking away from a fight with WBC mandatory Jose Zepeda after vacating the belt in early July.
Taylor made those moves because he was just as eager as Catterall to run it back. The two-belt sacrifice wasn’t enough to cross the finish line, though Catterall and Probellum took care of the rest.
“I want to say a massive thank you to Richard and the Probellum team for making this happen,” acknowledged Catterall. “They have always stated that they would never let boxing politics stand in the way of the biggest and best fights and there is no bigger fight than me against Josh Taylor.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox