Full Taylor vs Catterall results as BOXXER admit ‘widespread disbelief’
Unlike Top Rank, BOXXER put out information on the Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall events and added the feelings of the boxing community.
BOXXER acknowledged that the vast majority of people viewing the fight thought that Catterall won the fight.
Below is the review of the Glasgow event.
Josh Taylor controversially held onto his Undisputed World Super-Lightweight titles against Jack Catterall by split decision last night at the OVO Hydro, Glasgow, in a fight that all of the boxing World felt that the Englishman had clearly won.
Edinburgh’s Taylor was making the historic first defense of his WBO, WBA, IBF, and WBC World titles on home soil at sold out OVO Hydro in front of a crowd of over 12,000. At the same time, unbeaten Catterall – who had not faced anyone in Taylor’s class – was the underdog going in.
The atmosphere was electric, as the home fans turned out for Taylor. Still, Catterall surprised everyone by outboxing, flooring, and then cutting Taylor in the twelve-round championship contest. It looked like there would be a massive upset on the cards.
The action was messy throughout the fight with a lot of holding, and referee Marcus McDonnell had to work hard all night separating and warning the pair, even deducting points from both fighters.
In the opening round, southpaw Catterall got to work quicker, landing his stiff jabs, and Catterall rocked Taylor with a big left hand, and the Scotsman was already getting frustrated.
In the 3rd, Taylor, also a southpaw, landed a sold hook while Catterall worked away with some sharp combinations.
Taylor looked to force himself on Catterall in the 4th, but Catterall landed his own better punches at the end of the round.
Catterall landed a cracking three-punch combination in the 5th, and Taylor was showing his frustrations as a nasty cut under his right eye opened up.
In the 6th and 7th rounds, Catterall was boxing well with his shots getting through, and at this stage, it was felt that Catterall was ahead on points.
Then in the 8th round, the biggest crisis of Taylor’s career saw him floored for the first time from a big left from Catterall, and the champion looked in trouble but rose from the count and continued.
The fight got messier from the 9th as they clashed heads, and Catterall was holding. The referee then deducted a point from Catterall in the 10th.
Taylor then looked to press the fight in the 11th and strongly ended the last two rounds, but Catterall was moving well and jabbing, and Taylor was deducted a point for punching after the bell.
The last round saw Taylor landing a good left hand as he looked for a final push, but it seemed to be too late.
Both fighters raised their hands at the end, and now it was down to the judges’ scorecards. Howard Foster gave it to Catterall 113-112. At the same time, Ian John Lewis and Victor Loughlin gave it to Taylor 114-111 and 113-112, respectively.
While the decision was met with delight from Taylor’s fans in the arena, it led to widespread disbelief by media at ringside, TV commentators, and then on social media who clearly felt that Catterall was the winner.
"It's disgusting, I don't even know what to say"
Jack Catterall's trainer @JamieMoore777 on the split-decision loss
— BOXXER (@boxxer) February 26, 2022
Shocked by the result, Catterall immediately left the ring. While Taylor’s record and Unified World titles remain intact, he acknowledged his performance ‘wasn’t my best’ and still maintained that he won by saying: “I know I won the fight.”
FULL FIGHT NIGHT RESULTS
12×3 Mins Undisputed World Super-Lightweight Championship
JOSH TAYLOR WSD12 (112-113, 114-111, 113-112) JACK CATTERALL
10×3 Mins Featherweight Contest
ROBEISY RAMIREZ WTKO3 (Time: 1:04) ERIC DONOVAN
10×3 Mins Vacant Scottish Heavyweight Championship
NICK CAMPBELL WTKO7 (Time: 2:18) JAY McFARLANE
8×3 Mins Super-Middleweight Contest
JOHN DOCHERTY WKO2 (Time: 2:49) JORDAN GRANT
6×2 Mins Super-Bantamweight Contest
EBONIE JONES DPTS6 (Time: 57-57) EFFY KATHOPOULI
6×3 Mins Cruiserweight Contest
SCOTT FORREST WTKO2 (Time: 1:08) ERIK NAZARYAN
6×3 Mins Welterweight Contest
PADDY DONOVAN WTKO6 (Time: 0:56) MIROSLAV SERBAN
6×3 Mins Super-Featherweight Contest
MARK McKEOWN WPTS6 (60-53) ENGEL GOMEZ
4×3 Mins Super-Welterweight Contest
KIERAN MOLLOY WTKO2 (Time: 0:33) DAMIAN ESQUISABEL
4×3 Mins Featherweight Contest;02
KURT WALKER WTKO1 (Time: 2:03) JAROSLAV HRIADEL
6×3 Mins Middleweight Contest
BILAL FAWAZ WTKO3 (Time: 3:00) MALAM VARELA