REPORTS: Josh Taylor Can Defend His 140 Lbs Titles Against a Mandatory in Scotland

Published 08/04/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Boxing – Josh Taylor Press Conference – Sports Direct New Flagship Store, London, Britain – June 22, 2021 Josh Taylor poses after the press conference with his belts Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers


Still fresh from his undisputed title victory, Josh Taylor can return to his home country for a stellar title defense. Top Rank Promotions have already begun the works. After vanquishing an unbeaten Jose Ramirez for all four super lightweight belts, Taylor was looking at several potential opponents for his next fight. However, a mandatory title defense might be the next step on his journey.

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Although nothing is official as of now, there are signs that Josh Taylor will defend his WBC, WBA, WBO, and IBF belts against UK’s Jack Catterall. Interestingly, Catterall, who is also an undefeated pugilist, has been on a steady rise in his pro career,

However, as ‘Tartan Tornado’ is not unfamiliar with handing people their maiden losses, Catterall might see a similar ill-fate in the ring. Meanwhile, a southpaw vs southpaw collision will be alluring to witness, putting some sheer challenges before Taylor. While Josh Taylor silenced his critics against Ramirez, going against a southpaw might be more of a hectic task.

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Reporter Lance Pugmire broke out the news on social media, sending several fans into a frenzy. Per the tweet, the fight can happen in December. As Taylor will return to Scottland to defend his belts, Box Office records may see a steady success.

Josh Taylor was not quite happy with how the telecasters handled his last fight against Jose Ramirez. Despite having the unification status on board, Sky Sports reportedly didn’t pick the fight to telecast in the UK. Instead, they bagged the rights of Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul’s showdown.

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Taylor voiced his disapproval of the entire scenario. Hence, he might have thought of presenting a showdown to his countrymen in person.

Josh Taylor- The undisputed undefeated champion

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30-year-old Taylor boasts off a record of 18-0 with 13 KOs under his belt. Widely regarded as the best super lightweight boxer of the era, Taylor has proved his worth against some of the best fighters of the time. But the job is not done yet. Apart from his natural weight class contenders, several other boxers are looking to have a scrap against the Scot.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Josh Taylor celebrates victory over Regis Prograis during the World Boxing Super Series Super-Lightweight Ali Trophy Final at The O2 Arena on October 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Starting from Teofimo Lopez to Gervonta Davis, the list of potential opponents keeps on increasing. Hence, it’s safe to envision several stellar matchups coming from Josh Taylor ahead. But a mandatory title defense against Jack Catterall seems to be the ticket to all of it.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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