Exclusive: Jack Catterall reacts to Glenn Foot mandatory decision, contemplates next move
Recently the BBBofC announced Glenn Foot as the mandatory for the British super lightweight title, a fight current champion Jack Catterall says he would relish.
Catterall picked up the Lonsdale Belt back in October from Tyrone Nurse, but is yet to make his first defence. The British board then decided to put forward Foot as the number one contender.
Being in attendance at the fight between Josh Leather and Glenn Foot in November 2017, Catterall recalled the action disagreeing with the result when speaking to WBN this week.
“I remember watching Glenn Foot fight Josh Leather, I was down there supporting the boxing in Newcastle last year. I thought he’d end up winning the fight and I thought he did well,” Catterall exclusively told World Boxing News.
“As far as him being made mandatory for the British title, at the moment we’re in talks with my promoter and we’re not too sure yet what route we are going down.
“If I do defend the British and it is against Glenn Foot, I look forward to that fight. I’ve got the WBO Inter-Continental and I know that my team are looking at going down that route, so I’m not sure who the next fight will be against.”
When asked if vacating was an option, he replied: “I was over the moon when I won the British title, but for me its about progressing and I’ve defended the WBO Inter-Continental title like six times.
“I don’t think it makes much sense to vacate that one over the British that I’ve only recently picked up.”
Terry Flanagan, who recently saw a world title fight delayed until the summer, was a serious option for later in the year, as Catterall explained.
“I’ve got a good rating with the WBO, I think I’m #4 and with Terry fighting for the WBO world title, I want to keep closing in towards this. I’m not too sure what the next fight will be yet.”
With a world title clearly in his sights, WBN asked when he wants a world title shot soon rather than later.
“I don’t think you can put a time-frame on it, but obviously I’ve got a fight coming up, two weeks time, Saturday 31st March,” he pointed out.
“It’s a six round fight and that’ll be to settle in with the new training team that I’m with. I’ll be fighting on May 19th in Leeds and then I’ll either be defending my British or WBO title.
“I hope in the not too distant future I get my opportunity but I know there’s probably a couple of fights before that,” added Catterall.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller