WBO mild welterweight champion Josh Taylor suffered a right-foot damage, and might want to postpone his initially scheduled struggle with Jack Catterall on March 4th till later.
ESPN reporter Mike Coppinger states that the 32-year-old Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) suffered a plantar fascia tear on the fitting arch, and can want between six to 12 rounds to recuperate earlier than he can begin coaching camp for his rematch with Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs).
Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall having to be separated by safety whereas ringside at Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 21, 2023
The Scottish fighter Taylor’s damage goes to mess up not solely his plans but additionally Catterall as a result of he’s already been ready 11 months for his rematch.
With the potential six or seven months that Taylor goes to want to return again from this bodily ailment, Catterall could have been out of the ring for near 18 months. In that point, the 29-year-old Catterall might have squeezed in three fights, and made good cash.
When Catterall lastly does get the prospect to face Taylor of their rematch, the cash that Jack will get received’t imply as a lot once you consider that he might have fought 3 times throughout his wait time.
Taylor defeated Catterally by a really controversial resolution final February in entrance of his Scottish followers in Glasgow. On the time, Taylor was nonetheless the undisputed mild welterweight champion.
Had Catterall been given the victory, it will have been an enormous increase for his profession, opening up alternatives for profitable fights in opposition to the likes of Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, and Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
As a substitute of getting the win, Catterall misplaced the struggle by a 12 spherical break up resolution, and the worst minimize of all was that he’s needed to wait so lengthy for the rematch with Taylor.
Josh Taylor has suffered a torn plantar fascia (arch of foot) and his March 4 junior welterweight title rematch with Jack Catterall has been postponed, sources inform ESPN. Yet one more postponement for this snakebitten struggle. Timetable for restoration anyplace from 6 to 12 weeks.
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) January 21, 2023
Final yr, Taylor vacated his IBF, WBA & WBC belts, leaving him with solely the WBO strap, which signifies that Catterall has much less incentive to struggle him once more, other than having the prospect to show that he’s the higher man and hope the judges don’t give him one other unhealthy deal.
Josh was supposed to maneuver as much as 147 after his struggle with Catterall to go after the large canines in that division, however he determined to remain at 140 for the rematch after coping with the massive backlash from his questionable win.
Catterall ought to take into account taking a tune-up struggle in order that he can keep sharp whereas ready for Taylor to return to the ring in July or August.