By William Lloyd: High Rank promoter Bob Arum says newly undisputed gentle welterweight champion Josh Taylor will struggle his WBO obligatory Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) subsequent, adopted by Terence Craword.
Taylor beat Jose Ramirez by a 12 spherical unanimous determination final Saturday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada, to turn into the undisputed champion at 140.
#1 WBO Catterall agreed to step apart to permit Taylor (18-0, 13 KO) to face WBC/WBO gentle welterweight champion Jose Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs) final Saturday evening for the undisputed 140-lb championship.
Taylor doesn’t wish to vacate his IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO gentle welterweight titles so quickly after capturing them. Consequently, the 27-year-old Catterall might be subsequent.
Taylor vs. Catterall will play effectively over within the UK, as each guys are from there. It gained’t do as effectively within the U.S as a result of the American boxing followers have seen nothing of Catterall.
His fights have been within the UK, and he’s not fought anybody of be aware. Catterall’s finest wins have come towards Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna.
“I obtained to speak to Josh to see what he desires to do,” mentioned Bob Arum to Fighthype when requested about what Josh Taylor desires to do for his subsequent struggle. “Fighters are the boss.
First, he has to struggle Catterall, after which if he desires to maneuver up and struggle Terence, we are able to prepare that. If he desires to attend and struggle Teofimo, we are able to prepare that.
Assuming Taylor beats Catterall, Arum desires to match him towards WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs). Nevertheless, Arum additionally talked about the potential of Taylor going through Teofimo Lopez. If that struggle occurs, Taylor could be staying at 140 to defend his 4 titles.
There is likely to be extra curiosity from U.S boxing followers in a struggle between Taylor and Teofimo than a match with Crawford.
The unbeaten Teofimo (16-0, 12 KOs) is great at attracting curiosity in his fights along with his interviews and social media presence. That’s one thing that’s lacking from Crawford, who prefers to take a decrease profile.
Taylor, 30, would clearly be higher off vacating his WBO title in order that he may keep away from taking a low-level struggle towards Catterall that the boxing world has zero curiosity in preventing. It’s uncertain that Taylor will do this, although, as a result of he features extra stature by holding all of the belts at 140.
In addition to Teofimo Lopez and Crawford, boxing followers wish to see Josh Taylor struggle these guys:
- Regis Prograis
- Gervonta Davis
- Devin Haney
- Ryan Garcia
- Errol Spence Jr
- Manny Pacquiao
Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis could be a superb possibility for Josh Taylor, as he’s on the verge of selecting up the WBA ‘common’ gentle welterweight title towards champion Mario Barrios subsequent month on June twenty sixth.
If Tank can beat Barrios, a match between him and Taylor could be the perfect struggle to make.
Gervonta has already mentioned that he’s concerned about preventing Taylor, however we’ll need to see if he nonetheless feels this manner after seeing him final Saturday.
“It was an incredible struggle, the judges had been spot on, that they had it six rounds to 6, and the 2 knockdowns had been the distinction,” mentioned Bob Arum to Boxing Social. “I believed it was very, superb,” mentioned Arum when requested if Taylor exceeded his expectations.
“I believe Josh has to struggle Catterall, so we’ll in all probability do this struggle over within the UK. Then perhaps put him in with Terence Crawford,” mentioned Arum.
“All people is buddies, however we’re going to do it [Taylor vs. Catterall] after we can get spectators in London or Glasgow,” Arum continued about Josh’s subsequent struggle towards his WBO obligatory Catterall.
“It’s foolish to hurry in if they are saying 90 days if you happen to can wait one other 30 days and get it with spectators,” mentioned Arum.