LAS VEGAS – Josh Taylor is totally open to remaining inside the 140-pound division for his subsequent combat.
The undefeated, totally unified champion believes there stay “large fights” for him on the junior welterweight restrict, which he makes “simply.” If Taylor needs to maintain every of his 4 titles, although, he’ll virtually actually need to make a compulsory protection of his WBO belt subsequent towards England’s Jack Catterall.
The British southpaw has lengthy been the WBO’s primary contender within the 140-pound division. Catterall additionally stepped other than his overdue title shot to permit Jose Ramirez, then the WBC and WBO champion, to battle Taylor in a 12-round title unification combat Taylor received by unanimous resolution Saturday evening inside The Theater at Virgin Lodges Las Vegas.
“I’ve additionally bought Catterall as properly,” Taylor mentioned throughout a post-fight press convention. “I might need to try this first as properly. He agreed to step apart [to] let this combat occur, so if I’ve to try this subsequent, I’ve to try this subsequent. But when one thing greater comes alongside, then we would need to go for that, you realize?”
Catterall is undefeated (26-0, 13 KOs), however Taylor can be a major favourite over him. Going through Catterall may current an ideal alternative for Taylor to schedule a homecoming combat in Scotland following his historic victory versus Ramirez (26-1, 17 KOs).
The 30-year-old Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) hasn’t fought in his residence nation since he defeated Russia’s Ivan Baranchyk (20-2, 13 KOs) by unanimous resolution to win the IBF belt in Might 2019 within the semifinals of the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence’ 140-pound event. That bout occurred at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, the place Taylor boxed 4 straight occasions in 2018 and 2019.
Taylor, a local of Prestonpans, expressed particular curiosity in preventing in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital metropolis. The IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO champion hasn’t boxed in Edinburgh in 3½ years, not since he knocked out Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez (43-10, 17 KOs) within the ninth spherical of their November 2017 combat at Royal Highland Centre.
Now that he’s considered one of boxing’s greatest stars in the UK, Taylor hopes to combat both at Edinburgh Citadel or Easter Highway, the house soccer stadium of Edinburgh’s Scottish Premiership membership Hibernian FC.
“[The Vazquez fight] was a couple of years in the past now, so I’d love to return residence and take a giant combat again to Scotland,” Taylor mentioned. “Particularly, now could be the time to get that combat at Edinburgh Citadel, at Easter Highway. I do know Easter Highway are gonna be up for having me there. They’ve mentioned it to me a couple of occasions, so I’d like to have it at Easter Highway. However I’d like to combat at Edinburgh Citadel. You recognize, I feel that might simply be iconic, with the fort [set] within the background.”
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.