Josh Taylor is open to staying at super-lightweight for a rematch with Jack Catterall, according to his trainer, Ben Davison.
Taylor, the undisputed world super lightweight champion, claimed a hugely controversial split decision over Catterall in Glasgow in February but afterwards scotched any hopes of a rematch for the belts by saying he would move up in weight.
But Davison says Taylor has returned to training lighter than he did at the start of his training camp for the Catterall fight and that a rematch for the belts was under consideration.
“Josh is interested in making the Jack Catterall rematch, but we will see how things lie and the timescale,” Davison said.
“Josh is back in the gym training for a couple of weeks until we go to Vegas on Sunday and then he will be straight back in the gym when we come back.
“He has come back lighter than he came back before the Jack Catterall fight. He is in a good position. For the Jack Catterall rematch, it would be at 140 if that happens.”
Taylor had previously said that a rematch would have to take place at a catchweight as Taylor has his eyes on a step up to welterweight.
Whether all four belts would be on the line for the fight might be in doubt after the WBA ordered Taylor to make an overdue mandatory defence against Alberto Puello.
Davison, the former trainer of Tyson Fury, does have a boxer on Saturday’s Wembley bill in teenager Royston Barney Smith, who has his second professional bout against Romanian Constantin Radoi. Davison insists that Smith has a bright future in front of him.
“He’s very young, but I wouldn’t be working with if I didn’t think he had the potential to be a world champion,” Davison said. “Obviously, that is a very long journey and there are a lot of hurdles to overcome to get there.”
The trainer has been in touch with Fury in recent days, although said they ended not to talk boxing.
“I spoke to him the other day, he’s in a good place,” he said.
Davison did not believe that boxing in front of 94,000 fans back in the UK would bother Fury.
“You can’t let emotions rule your head,” he said. “You never know with him what he is going to do. He’s as experienced as they come, he has handled every sort of situation, so I am sure the crowd won’t get in his head.
“But he’s very versatile and I’m sure he has a plan and if he needs to change things up, he is fully capable of doing so.
“I wouldn’t skirt around the ring too much, just keep opening up the distance and bring him onto the shots rather than Tyson close the gap.”
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.