Super Josh Taylor openly says that he dominated the contest on Saturday night against challenger Jack Catterall but the reality of the situation is that he can count himself very lucky to be leaving with his undisputed status intact.
The judges at ringside or should that reflect two of the judges at ringside witnessed a very different fight than the one the fights fans watched at the OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Catterall who was a heavy betting underdog, brought an intensity to the fight that the champion for whatever reason was unable to match though the first eight rounds. Catterall dropped Taylor in the eighth to further his bid to become champion.
Taylor seemed to get his defence back on track after the eighth. Caterall was deducted a point for excessive holding whilst in the championship rounds Taylor was also a point short when he supposedly landed a punch after the bell in the eleventh (It was more a tap).
Both men were convinced of victory after the final bell rang with fight fans eagerly awaiting the words ‘And a new’ which didn’t come, instead two of the three judges scored the contest in favour of Taylor all of which was met with boos from the knowledgable crowd in attendance.
The fight stats backed up the controversy of the verdict, Catterall accumulated 120 to Taylor’s 73 in total punches landed, 81-57 in power punches, 39-16 in jabs.
“I don’t think there is any need for a rematch, I won the fight by several rounds. I won in the second half of the fight. I took over and bossed him. He was doing a hell of a lot of holding and spoiling. The ref taking the point off me helped him a little bit, but I still won the 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. I’m not gonna lie to you. It wasn’t 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 wasn’t 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 didn’t matter in the end. I got the good result.
“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.”