Boxing fans furious at ‘stealing’ as Josh Taylor beats Jack Catterall

Josh Taylor’s victory over Jack Catterall in the world welterweight title fight in Glasgow on Saturday night was not well received by viewers on social media

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Boxing fans were united in fury on Saturday night after Josh Taylor received a huge controversial victory on Jack Catterall in Glasgow.

Taylor was dropped to the canvas in the eighth round of the world light welterweight title fight but still retained his WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts in a split decision.

This is because two of the three judges gave the decision to the Scot, one 114-111 in his favor and the other 113-112 for him, beating the 113-112 for Catterall.

It turned out to be a hugely controversial decision for Taylor, but he was confident he had won on his home turf.

“I thought I started off a bit slow but once I got my groove on I got it with bigger shots,” he told Sky Sports.

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Josh Taylor retained his belts with a win over Jack Catterall


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“He was trying to mess up a lot, he was going down a lot, he caught me with a few good ones I won’t lie.

“It was not my best performance, I put a lot of pressure on myself because it was my big comeback fight.

“I believe I won 100%.”

He added: “Overall I scored the biggest and best shots so I know I won. He fought well for sure but he never won. won the fight”

However, Catterall trainer Jamie Moore had a very different opinion – and one that reflected the prevailing mood on social media.

“It’s hard to put into words,” he told Sky Sports. “You are talking about a child who has worked his whole life to wait for this moment.

“He stepped aside to allow Taylor to become unified champion. He behaves like this, beats the champion in his own backyard and gets robbed.

“My son is 16, he just got into boxing, he’s going to think, ‘Why should I?’

“That’s disgusting. I don’t know what to say. You asked Jack to come down and talk, like he could do it, he’s heartbroken.”

Jack Catterall knocked down Josh Taylor in their Super Lightweight Championship fight


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Catterall’s loss didn’t go down well online, with British heavyweight Dillian Whyte summing up the mood in one word: “Disgusting”.

Former England striker Michael Owen tweeted: “Boxing is such a great sport but decisions like this are a disgrace and call the integrity of the game into question. #TaylorCatterall”

“What an absolute shame. A flight of the highest proportions. Dumped for Jack Catterall,” one fan wrote.

” It’s a shame. No more boxing,” added another.

“Makes fun of boxing at the highest level. Absolute shame. He was beaten and the poor guys lost. Respect will be lost with sport,” said another.

Jack Catterall didn’t get the decision overnight


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“Worst decision in boxing history and for Taylor to walk around saying he won is very embarrassing. What a disgrace. This one has stained the sport I’m afraid,” a disgruntled viewer wrote. .

Another added: “I can’t believe it. It’s a shameful decision. Unless the rules of boxing have changed and you now score points by being hit instead of hitting, I don’t see how Taylor even won 3 or 4 rounds, let alone the whole fight.

Even the fight’s promoter, BOXXER’s Ben Shalom, admitted to being “embarrassed” by the way the contest went.

“I’m really embarrassed because I’m promoting this event…” Shalom said. “It’s heartbreaking for Jack.

“I’m embarrassed… If there’s no investigation, it’s going to hurt the sport. I’m not just embarrassed, I’m really angry.”

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