Unified tremendous light-weight world champion, Josh Taylor has revealed that he’ll stay at 140lbs to face Jack Catterall in a rematch with a view to silence the doubters.
Taylor was awarded a controversial split decision verdict over Catterall in Glasgow in February within the first defence of his undisputed tremendous light-weight crown.
The unbeaten Scot, who has since vacated the WBA ‘tremendous’ title, stated within the quick aftermath of the combat that he could be transferring as much as 147lbs to pursue the likes of WBO champion, Terence Crawford.
Nevertheless, given the backlash he has acquired because the combat, ‘The Tartan Twister’ says he has determined to stay on the weight class to show each Catterall and the naysayers unsuitable.
“I need to shut everybody up,” the 31-year-old told The National.
“The one motive I’m staying on the weight is I need to combat Catterall once more.
“I don’t assume it was the unsuitable choice [in February] however I need to shut everybody up. I need to show that was an off evening for me and that I’m the most effective fighters on the planet.
“Due to all of the stick and abuse I’ve been getting, and the way in which Jack’s been too, mouthing off and moaning, I simply need to shut his mouth. The one motive I’m staying on the weight is to close him and everybody else up.”
Earlier than a second outing with the Chorley man, Taylor is about to face WBC obligatory challenger, Jose Zepeda subsequent, though a date and venue has not but been introduced.
The Prestonpans native, who turned the primary Brit to carry all-four main world titles concurrently, feels that his achievements have been missed on account of by his personal admission, a below-par efficiency in opposition to Catterall.
“It’s irritating as a result of anybody who is aware of me is aware of I’d combat with my shadow in an empty home. I’m not scared to combat anyone,” he added.
“However boxing followers are so fickle, they modify just like the climate. Typically, they don’t perceive the enterprise after which it begins getting private. And in the event that they didn’t have that keyboard in entrance of them, there’s no approach they’d say it.
“Every part I’ve carried out, being the primary man from the UK to grow to be undisputed world champion, in solely 18 fights – has that been forgotten?
“My run as much as the Catterall combat had been defeating undefeated champion after undefeated champion, I beat all of them. And I beat Jack too, on a extremely dangerous efficiency so it’s fairly humorous how shortly individuals neglect.
“It might have been Jack earlier than Zepeda if it may have been labored out, with out the boxing politics and mandatories getting in the way in which.
“I’d reasonably be preventing Jack subsequent however Zepeda is a giant combat and people who find themselves speaking it down are individuals who don’t know the enterprise. He’s a top-level fighter.”