Sources: Taylor set to defend belts vs. Catterall


Josh Taylor is coming residence to defend his undisputed championship.

Taylor and Jack Catterall have agreed to phrases for a Dec. 18 combat at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, sources instructed ESPN, and all 4 140-pound belts will likely be on the road. Precise TV plans have not been finalized, however the combat will likely be broadcast by ESPN in addition to Sky Sports activities within the U.Ok., the place Taylor is a budding star.

The 30-year-old Scot unified all 4 titles when he defeated Jose Ramirez in Could. Taylor scored two knockdowns of Ramirez in Las Vegas en path to a unanimous-decision victory.

With the win, Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) cemented himself as not solely the perfect junior welterweight on this planet but additionally one of many sport’s pound-for-pound finest; he’s No. 7 on ESPN’s list.

“I’ve devoted my complete life for this second,” Taylor stated after beating Ramirez. “I’ve dreamt of it so many instances over, man. I am so, so joyful. I am over the moon. I’ve skilled for this second all my life.”

Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) has waited a very long time for his first title shot. He has been the WBO’s necessary challenger since 2019 and stepped apart to permit Taylor-Ramirez to proceed with the promise he would combat the winner subsequent.

“I’ve been very affected person and it has been a very long time coming, however I will likely be getting my crack,” Catterall stated in Could from Las Vegas, the place he was ringside to scout his future foe.

The 28-year-old Englishman is a southpaw, like Taylor, however is basically untested. His finest win got here in 2018, a call victory over Ohara Davies.

All however 4 of Taylor’s fights have been within the U.Ok., however this will likely be his first bout in Scotland since a Could 2019 title-winning effort vs. Ivan Baranchyk within the World Boxing Tremendous Collection. Taylor’s sterling run at 140 kilos additionally contains wins over former champions Regis Prograis and Viktor Postol.

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