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Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall 2 - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall as the pair get set for their hugely-anticipated super-lightweight rematch on Saturday 25th May.

Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall 2

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It was and will forever be known as one of the most controversial results ever to occur in boxing.

The night of 26th February, 2022, inside Glasgow’s SSE Hydro ended with a fallout and aftermath so bitter that two years later it’s still rolling on.

Catterall had travelled north to Scotland as the long-time WBO super-lightweight mandatory challenger while Taylor was returning home as a national hero having become the undisputed champion at 140lbs, after defeating Jose Carlos Ramirez nine months earlier in Las Vegas.

The build-up to Taylor-Catterall I was standard fare until fight week when things got tetchy and physical. The usual back and forth verbal exchanges were nothing compared to the weigh-in when Catterall put his hand around Taylor’s throat which prompted a furious reaction from the Scot.

Fight night produced a contest not nearly as memorable as the controversy afterwards.

Taylor was way off his game while Catterall stepped up producing a career-best performance which to most looked enough to win the titles. However, the three judges ringside awarded a split decision to Taylor - a result which shocked British boxing.

Two years of insults, anger and frustration have recommenced as the two men will fight once again in May, in Leeds.

At the two recent press conferences tempers have already flared, but what we all really want to know is who wins this highly anticipated rematch?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...

Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall 2
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

 

Josh Taylor

Jack Catterall

Odds:

8/11

11/10

Age:

33

30

Nickname:    

'The Tartan Tornado'

'El Gato'

Height:

5ft 10.5ins

5ft 7ins

Reach:

69.5ins

69ins

Weight:

Super-lightweight

Super-lightweight

Trainer:

Joe McNally

Jamie Moore

Record:

19-1 (13 KOs)

28-1 (13 KOs)

Last Fight:

Lost - (UD) v Teofimo Lopez (June 2023)

Won - (UD) v Jorge Linares (October 2023)


Josh Taylor
In Profile

In the early days of Josh Taylor’s professional career, it soon became clear that he and his team led by Shane and Barry McGuigan were hitting the fast track.

Taylor, a 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, took to the paid ranks comfortably and never looked out of place which isn’t always the case for distinguished amateur fighters who move over to the professional code.

In his seventh fight he won his first legitimate professional title (the Commonwealth super-lightweight strap) and by his 15th he was a world champion.

The pace never let up and even though he eventually left the McGuigans, his new trainer, Ben Davison, helped take the Scot to undisputed glory in May 2021. His phenomenal achievements came so quickly that maybe he has paid a price in doing so. Nowadays Taylor is trained by the well-respected Joe McNally.

The Josh Taylor of old hasn’t been seen since beating Ramirez, and that is one of the major concerns going into the rematch against Jack Catterall.

Injuries, a loss of form and the fact that he is now edging towards the twilight years of his career are reasons to pick against the Edinburgh native, but a dissection of his performance against Catterall, and the loss to Teofimo Lopez, does provide evidence that all is not lost.

Come late May, Taylor will hope to prove that form is temporary and class is permanent.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Versatility

Old injury

Footwork

Hard career

Combination punching

Lost a step

Body punching

Not as sound defensively


Jack Catterall
In Profile

When Jack Catterall fought Josh Taylor first time around there was little pressure on the Chorley southpaw.

Many believed that the WBO mandatory challenger would give Taylor problems, but few predicted he would win.

This time around there is greater expectation on his shoulders and a greater belief that he will beat his rival leaving little doubt.

Catterall has never been in this position before. Every fight prior to that he was expected to win but none were of this magnitude. He must now get rid of Taylor and prove once and for all he is the better of the two.

His career is currently defined by this rivalry, but his goal is to become world champion. What he cannot afford to happen is to lose to Taylor and never fulfil his ambition.

Wins against Darragh Foley and a shot Jorge Linares can’t be used as an argument to pick him to beat Taylor, that evidence still lies in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro two years ago.

Catterall may not be the favourite in the betting, but in the boxing industry the feeling is that the last 24 months have been kinder to the Englishman.

He now has to step up and dispose of the former number one fighter and move on to even greater nights.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Jab

Repetitive attacks

Backhand

One-paced

Timing

Prone to switching off

Defence

Open to straight rights down the middle

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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