Josh Taylor Edges Jack Catterall
To Retain Junior Welterweight Title
Josh Taylor is still the undisputed junior welterweight
champion, but Jack Catterall made his case. Taylor retained
his crown by split decision (114-111, 113-112, 112-113) in
front of a raucous, sold-out crowd of 12,101 partisan
supporters Saturday evening at OVO Hydro in Glasgow,
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
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. Iím not gonna lie
to you. It wasnít 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 wasnít 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 didnít matter in the end. I got the
"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."
Ramirez Shines in Co-Feature
The last time Robeisy Ramirez (9-1, 5 KOs) fought on British
soil, at the 2012 London Olympics, he won the first of his
two Olympic gold medals. His return was a triumphant one, as
he knocked down Irish veteran Eric Donovan (14-2, 8 KOs)
twice en route to a third-round stoppage. Ramirez scored a
knockdown with a counter left in the opening round and
closed the show with a pair of lefts.
Ramirez said, ďIt was an honor to fight in Scotland in front
of the great fans. I wanted to put on a sensational
performance, and I believe I did that. Eric Donovan came to
fight, but I am motivated to become a world champion one
day. I know I can contend for a featherweight world title
In undercard action:
Welterweight: Paddy "Real Deal" Donovan (8-0, 6 KOs), the
Irish sensation trained and managed by former world champion
Andy Lee, picked apart Miroslav Serdan (13-9, 7 KOs) en
route to a sixth-round TKO. Serban's corner stopped the
fight due to left ear injury 56 seconds into the round.
Donovan said, "I was comfortable in there, but he has a
tight defense so I had to take my time and break him down.
We knew he would be durable, and my jab made it easier to
open up a bit. No complaints with this performance. We
executed the game plan to perfection."
Junior Lightweight: Top Rank prospect Kurt Walker, who won a
2019 European Games gold medal for Ireland, needed only 2:03
to knock out Jaroslav Hriadel (1-3) in his professional
debut. Walker ended the fight by digging a left hook into
Hriadelís liver. Walker plans on campaigning as a
Walker said, "I enjoyed it. Itís different whenever youíre
fighting as an amateur. Youíre in an airport for eight
hours. I was able to chill out and feel the pressure of
other fighters because theyíre fighting big fights. I
enjoyed it. It was like I was on holiday."
Heavyweight: Nick Campbell (5-0, 5 KOs) won the battle of
Scotland with a seventh-round stoppage over the impossibly
game Jay McFarlane (12-6, 5 KOs). Campbell knocked down
McFarlane with a right hand in the seventh, and after
repeated flush right hands to the chin, the referee halted
the beating later in the round.
Junior Middleweight: Top Rank-signed prospect Kieran Molloy,
from Galway, Ireland, authored a second-round TKO in his pro
debut over Spanish veteran Damian Esquisabel (4-8). Molloy,
a southpaw, engaged from the opening bell until the referee
saw fit to end the one-way traffic 33 seconds into the
second after a pair of right hooks landed.
Junior Featherweight: Ebonie Jones (1-0-1) was held to a
six-round draw against Scottish veteran Effie Kathopouli
Light Heavyweight: In an all-Scottish battle, southpaw John
Docherty (12-1, 9 KOs) picked up his third consecutive
victory with a second-round stoppage over Jordan Grant
(4-2). Docherty notched the KO with a left hand to Grant's