Jack Catterall will not be stepping aside to smooth the way for Josh Taylor to face Jose Carlos Ramirez in an undisputed world super-lightweight title fight, according to his promoter, Frank Warren.
Catterall, from Lancashire in North-West England, is the WBO mandatory contender and is due to get his shot at the winner of Ramirez’s defence against Viktor Postol, the WBC’s mandatory contender and, despite Taylor’s hopes that he will let his compatriot go first, Catterall is determined to take his chance.
The Ramirez-Postol fight had been due to take place in China, but is now looking for a new date and venue after the coronavirus outbreak
Taylor, the WBA and IBF champion, is tied up for the moment himself, having been ordered to face IBF mandatory Apinan Sakkreerin.
That fight looks likely to take place in Glasgow in April and Taylor has made it clear that he would like to face the Ramirez-Postol winner for all the belts straight after.
“My ideal would be to have my next fight and then fight Ramirez straight after,” Taylor said. “Then I would fight Catterall after or maybe move up.”
But while Taylor is now with the same management company as Catterall, MTK Global, he is unlikely to get his wish.
“We’ve got the fight for both belts [against Ramirez or Postol],” Warren said. “Jack has been waiting a long time for his chance and we are not going to give up that fight.”