Josh Taylor vs Jose Zepeda purse bids has been set for 10th June as we see Josh Taylor defend his ‘unified’ titles again. But, where does this leave Jack Catterall?
With the news last week that undisputed super lightweight champion Josh Taylor has relinquished the WBA version upon his mandatory being called as he’s getting married in the summer, it’s the WBC who have now pushed their purse bids back to the 10th of June from the 24th May for Mandatory challenger Jose Zepeda’s shot at the Tartan Tornado.
That gives Josh Taylor 17 days more to make a definitive decision on what he will do. Will he continue to relinquish each strap he has accumulated and move up to the illustrious welterweight division or will we actually see him box his WBC mandatory? If it’s team Taylor that’s asked for the extension to get his affairs in order then there is a good chance of it happening.
Josh Taylor vs Jose Zepeda
Jose Zepeda has a record of 35-2 and it would be a terrific fan-friendly fight against the Scotsman. However, with the controversial decision going Taylor’s way over Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall in February this year many including Catterall have relentlessly called for an instant rematch.
With claims of injury and weight issues during camp, Taylor admitted his time was likely to be up at 140lb and he’d be moving on, yet he’d be open to fighting Catterall at 147lb. This now doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case. Obviously, with no rematch clause set in Jack Catterall’s mandatory challenge against Josh Taylor the latter can basically choose to do what he wants, he doesn’t have to box him again immediately or at all, Which would be a loss to boxing fans as it still has so much momentum and genuine spice to their feud, which I have no doubt will remain ongoing.
So what now for ‘El Gato’?
The American is signed to the same promotional outfit Probellum and Catterall was in attendance for Prograis’ last fight in Dubai against Irishman Tyrone McKenna. A tasty affair on paper and would sure to be the main event showing In a fight I feel the styles would gel, both with losses to Taylor on their record this one is the most natural fit. Programs would be my pick for Catterall next.
Producing the shock of 2021 beating Mikey Garcia by a majority decision he’s in a good position now with Matchroom and a fight with Catterall would do no harm to his profile. If the Spaniard was to have the better of the man from Chorley his popularity and stock would rise even more and he would be one of the major players at 140lb indefinitely.
Other names like Jose Ramirez and Jose Predraza both fight under Bob Arum’s Top Rank and he has already said there will be no business done with Probellum.
Maybe another domestic dust-up that would whet the appetite of Catterall is Lewis Ritson, a fellow Brit also signed under the same promotional banner it’s a fight that has the potential to be made really easily.
By Dan Kelly