Jack Catterall doesn’t think much of a proposed junior welterweight title fight between Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez.
That’s because Catterall, Lancashire, England, thinks both fighters are taking the easy way out by deciding to face each other.
Taylor was originally supposed to fight Catterall in a rematch of their controversial first fight last year but instead the Scotsman, the WBO titlist, is reportedly nearing a deal to face Brooklyn’s Lopez, the former unified lightweight champion, in the spring. By the same token, Lopez was technically next in line in the rankings to fight WBC 140-pound titlist Regis Prograis but that fight was never going to materialize because of business politics.
In a recent interview, a bemused Catterall couldn’t help but express his contempt for the two fighters, calling them a pair of “ducks.”
“I just find it quite funny when I woke up this morning to the news of Taylor and Lopez,” Catterall told iD Boxing. “You’ve got Lopez who is ducking who is Prograis and you’ve Taylor who is ducking me. So, it’s like a battle of the ducks. So, we’ll see how that one unfolds.”
Catterall’s rematch with Taylor was often postponed and and the final straw seems to have been last month, when it was revealed that Taylor had suffered a foot injury (a torn plantar fascia), thus leading to the cancellation of their fight in March.
Catterall, who will return to the ring on March 25 against a yet-to-be-announced opponent, is now setting his sights on New Orleans’ Prograis.
“My focus is to try and get busy and get back to a world title and the easiest possible route for me is Regis Prograis," Catterall said.
Prograis, however, is promoted by Probellum. Last year, the company, headed by Richard Schaefer, sued Catterall’s promoter, Boxxer, for defamation. Boxxer circulated a letter last year in which they wanted assurance from fighters and their promoters that they did not have any ties with Probellum, an entity that some have suggested is connected with the alleged Irish drug cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.
“Regis’ team has reached out and they’re open to making the fight,” Catterall continued. “It’s a great fight. And there’s nothing blocking that fight from happening. Again, we’ve seen Ramirez and Lopez ducking Regis. He’s a fighting man. Likewise, I’m a fighting man. That’s a great fight. …We’ve only had the one loss in Taylor but again in my opinion, we both beat him. It’s a great fight and I don’t believe there’s anything stopping that from happening.”
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