Unified world light-weight champion Josh Taylor 19-0 (13 KOs) escaped along with his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO belts by way of a scandalous twelve spherical break up determination towards necessary challenger Jack Catterall 26-1 (13 KOs) tonight after being dropped, deducted some extent abd outclassed for almost all of the bout. Catterall took the initiative and appeared the discover his measure with artful counters behind an correct jab. Jack nullified a lower than spectacular Taylor and by no means allowed the champion to get a foothold within the motion for the primary 6 rounds. Catterall lead the struggle by a streak on the punch stats all through the bout and dropped your determined Taylor within the eighth. Catterall was himself deducted some extent within the tenth for holding. Taylor was instructed to be extra pressing going into the eleventh however once more discovered himself outgunned and outmanoeuvred by the intelligent challenger. Josh was deducted some extent for his conduct on the finish of the eleventh however managed to hustle via the twelfth in desperation to save lots of his titles. On the conclusion Catterall had a giant edge within the punch stats touchdown 120 punches to 73 all through the struggle, with an 81-57 differential in energy pictures and a 39 to 16 distinction in jabs. Skilled ex fighters and knowledgable ringsides appeared outraged when 2 of the three scorecards had been introduced with Taylor main. A star referee and former fighter Ian John Lewis scored the bout as a stunning 114-111 in favour of the house fighter, alongside referee and decide Victor Laughlin who scored the bout 113-112 for fellow Scotsman Taylor, with solely English decide Howard Foster slicing nearer to the mark with a 113-112 in favour of the challenger.
A visibly outraged Catterall left the ring instantly while quite a few ringside critics voiced their shock anger at what many described as the more serious determination they’ve ever witnessed in boxing, former world Cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson described it as embarrassing and disastrous for the game.