Josh Taylor’s latest snafu is no minor one.
It was announced Saturday that the Scottish junior welterweight champion had suffered a foot injury—a torn plantar fascia—thus forcing a postponement to his scheduled March 4. rematch with England’s Jack Catterall in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor and Catterall fought last February in Scotland in an undisputed 140-pound title bout that ended up becoming another black eye for boxing because many observers felt that Catterall had been robbed of a clear points win. That fight was originally supposed to take place the previous December, but Taylor had suffered a knee injury.
There were even more postponements for the rematch. November was the working date for both parties, but eventually they settled on Feb. 4. But the fight got moved to March after Sky Sports, the UK broadcaster for the fight, decided they didn't want that fight to conflict with another pay-per-view event that they were planning around the same time, a middleweight clash between Liam Smith and Chris Eubank Jr. that took place Saturday night in Manchester. (Smith upset the odds with a fourth round stoppage of Eubank.)
Taylor’s latest impairment figures to put him out of training, much less the ring, for as many as eight weeks, according to the fighter. Taking into account openings in the television schedule—Sky Sports in the UK, ESPN+ in the US—the rematch may not take place for another several months. To get the rematch with Catterall, Josh had to relinquish three of his four 140-pound titles.
“Hopefully the rematch—it depends on the recovery of the injury. It’s a torn tendon on my foot,” Taylor told iD Boxing. “It’s not one I can rush the recovery time is just going to have to take its time. We’re talking at least six to eight weeks just before I get back on my feet, back to training, putting any kind of pressure on my foot.
“It’s very frustrating. I was fired up for this fight. I wanted to do this fight. I was flying in the gym, everything was good, weight was good, sparring was good, everything was going really well. And then I got hit with a hell of a blow, unfortunately, just one of these things that are out of my control. These things happen, unfortunately. Yeah, I’m gutted.”