Josh Taylor retained his junior welterweight title through a split decision over Jack Catterall on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,101 partisan supporters at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor [19-0, 13 KOs] had a challenging night in his first bout since unifying all four belts last May against Jose Ramirez. He was knocked to the deck in the eighth round, courtesy of a Catterall left hand. After Catterall [26-1, 13 KOs] had a point deducted for holding in the 10th, Taylor was penalized for a shot after the 11th round bell had sounded.
The 12th round was fought in close quarters, and when the final bell rang, the capacity crowd awaited the verdict. Taylor prevailed by the closest of margins, keeping his undisputed championship and the promise of bigger fights.
This is what Taylor had to say after fight.
“I started a little slow, but once I grabbed the momentum, I started catching him with the bigger shots. He was trying to spoil a lot. Going down and up a lot and clashing my head. He caught me with a couple of good shots. I’m not gonna lie to you. It wasn’t my best performance. I put a lot of pressure on myself with it being my homecoming. Been three years, first time since lockdown and all that. I put a lot of pressure on myself being the heavy favorite and it showed in the first half of the fight.
“Once I got my rhythm I started catching him with the bigger shots and catching him and catching him. It wasn’t my best performance, but I believe I got the win 100 percent. But Jack did very well.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself to put on a good show for my home fans. But it didn’t matter in the end. I got the good result.
“I knew I won the fight. It was close. Overall I scored the bigger shots, the better shots, the more meaningful shots so I know I won the fight. It was a little bit close, but I know I won the fight.”
At the end of throbbing 12 round contest, the judges scored it; [114-111, 113-112, 112-113] for The Tartan Tornado – Josh Taylor.