Looks like the anticipated rematch for 140 lb. supremacy is tentatively going to happen in November. This, as a report out Tuesday says former undisputed champ Josh Taylor of Scotland will battle England’s Jack Catterall in November.
Boxingscence.com’s Keith Idec reported early Tuesday that he’s learned that the rematch is tentatively set for November 26th right back in Glasgow’s OVO Hydro arena,
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 26, 2022
‘BoxingScene.com has learned that Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., Taylor’s promoter, is planning to stage a Taylor-Catterall rematch November 26 at OVO Hydro.
The Taylor-Catterall rematch is expected to be streamed by ESPN+ in the United States. Sky Sports televised the first Taylor-Catterall clash in the United Kingdom and Ireland, but it wasn’t clear as of Monday if their 12-round rematch will air live on Sky Sports or headline a Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view event.”
As our Dan Rafael wrote earlier this month, Taylor has vacated the WBA and WBC titles instead of fighting their mandatory challengers because he wants Catterall next.
“Taylor vacated the WBC title on Friday rather than go forward with a purse bid that had already been postponed multiple times for his mandatory defense against former two-time title challenger Jose Zepeda.
According to the WBC, the organization received a letter from Taylor’s attorney letting it know he had decided to relinquish the belt. Previously, the WBA stripped Taylor for declining to face its mandatory challenger, Alberto Puello.
An official from Top Rank told Fight Freaks Unite that Taylor decided he would rather pursue a rematch with Jack Catterall, whom Taylor defeated by highly controversial split decision on Feb. 26 in a WBO mandatory defense in front of a hometown crowd in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor (19-0, 13 KO), 31, has taken the massive criticism to heart over the result against fellow southpaw Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs), 29, of England, and rather than move up to welterweight, as he said he might do, or face Zepeda, he wants to set the record straight against Catterall.”
Now, we’ll wait for more on the official confirmation of Taylor-Catterall II.