By Charles Brun: Jack Catterall insists his combat with fading former three-division world champion Jorge Linares isn’t a gimme-level opponent for him of their twelve spherical headliner this Saturday, October twenty first, on the Echo Area in Liverpool, England. The occasion will probably be proven live on DAZN.
It’s comprehensible why the boxing neighborhood considers this combat a textbook cherry-pick for the previous 140-lb world title challenger Catterall (27-1, 13 KOs). For Catterall to disclaim it is a tomato can is hilarious, as he should actually suppose the followers have been born yesterday.
As an alternative of Catterall combating a killer at 140, he’s chosen the washed Linares, who has appeared gawdawful in latest fights.
There are two predominant causes for this notion. Firstly, Linares is 38 years previous and now not the younger phenom he was once. Secondly, he has misplaced his final three fights and has not gained since 2020.
With Catterall combating this degree of opposition, it’s troublesome to take him significantly as a risk to profitable a world title towards any of the present champions at 140, even towards the paper belt holder Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero.
Higher choices for Catterall:
- Gary Antuanne Russell
- Sandor Martin
- Arnold Barboza Jr.
- Richardson Hitchins
- Jose Ramirez
- Shohjahon Ergashev
- Ryan Garcia
- Jamaine Ortiz
Catterall missed his window when he misplaced a controversial choice to former undisputed mild welterweight champion Josh Taylor. That’s a combat that Catterall ought to have gained towards a pale, weakened champion, however it didn’t occur.
Now, there aren’t any beatable champions on the market for Catterall, and there are various contenders within the weight class with arguably extra expertise than him. At this level, Catterall’s degree just about is combating guys like 38-year-old Linares (47-8, 29 KOs), and he would possibly even lose to him.
Linares not a gimme
“He’s undefeated over right here. The British followers know him effectively. He’s been over right here plenty of instances, and he’s boxed [Luke] Campbell out within the States. So it’s thrilling, and there’s rather a lot using on this combat for each of us,” stated Jack Catterall to iFL TV about his combat this Saturday evening towards Jorge Linares in Liverpool.
It’s a undeniable fact that Linares is a straightforward opponent for Catterall, and there’s no denying that. Whereas Catterall might attempt to insist that he’s not dealing with a straightforward mark, it’s clear that he’s being pitted towards somebody who isn’t thought of one of many prime contenders on the 140 weight class.
Linares misplaced to Pablo Cesar Cano by a primary spherical knockout in his solely 140-pound bout in 2019. He then returned to the 135-pound division, the place he has struggled.
“I count on an explosive Linares. I feel he’s going to come back and convey it,” stated Catterall. “Folks have requested me how I’ve ready for this combat, realizing his age and realizing his final couple of defeats.
As a fighter, you put together for the very best model of your opponent and put together for the Linares that’s dropped Lomachenko that’s gained these world title fights. I’d be foolish not getting ready for each combat prefer it’s a world title
“You solely have to take a look at the assist the fights acquired Saturday evening,” stated Linares when instructed that the boxing public sees his combat towards the 38-year-old Linares as a ‘gimme’ resulting from his superior age and the truth that he hasn’t gained a contest in three years since 2020.
“Like I stated, Linares has been over right here earlier than, so the British followers know him. I’ve been following his coaching, and he seems like he’s bang up for the combat. So, say what you need about three losses; he’s been an expert for 20 years.
“He’s a three-weight world champion, and he’s a legend of the game, however he’s again with [trainer Ismael] Salas. So he seems like he’s bang up for it, so I’m paying no thoughts to people who find themselves speaking about his final couple of defeats.
“I do know that there’s a real risk there Saturday, however I’m trying to come and do it. It simply places me one step nearer to those huge fights,” stated Catterall when requested what the Linares combat does for his profession.
Jack desires rematch over a title shot
“You’ll most likely ask me, and so they’ve already requested me once more. Haney-Prograis is arising in December,” stated Catterall. “The [Josh] Taylor rematch, and there are different fighters at 140. There’s plenty of good fights to be made. So I’ve stated all of it throughout coaching camp.
“You’ll be able to’t discuss to me about any of those fights. I’ve acquired to do an excellent job on Saturday towards Linares, then it places me in that image. We will have these conversations about what fights are there to be made.”
Catterall’s confidence has gone out the window
It appears pointless for Catterall to be within the title image if he solely desires a rematch with Josh Taylor. This implies that Catterall may not be assured in his probabilities towards any of the champions, and would fairly combat Taylor, who’s previous his prime and only recently misplaced badly to Teofimo Lopez. Charles Brun doesn’t see any profit in combating Taylor in the intervening time.
“You already know what? It’s private between me and Josh, and I feel the followers the followers are desirous to see that combat. So if we come by way of Saturday, that’s undoubtedly an choice,” stated Catterall when requested if he’d desire a rematch with Josh Taylor or a title shot towards the winner of WBC mild welterweight champion Regis Prograis & Devin Haney.
“I might like to beat him [Taylor] up once more, however once more, I’ve not had the luxurious or the pleasure of getting a world title. I’ll undoubtedly be conserving my eye on the world title fights, and clearly, that’s one thing I need to obtain in my profession,” stated Catterall.