Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall still want to fight each other again.

Finalizing a date and a venue for their second 140-pound title fight has become problematic, though, which has left the Scottish southpaw and his English nemesis in limbo. has learned that building availability in the United Kingdom, where their immediate rematch will take place, is the primary problem that has prevented their promoters, Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. (Taylor) and BOXXER (Catterall), from finalizing an agreement and making an official announcement.

As reported late in July, the targeted date and venue for Taylor-Catterall II were November 26 at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, where their first fight took place. Promoters later began exploring venues in England, including AO Arena in Manchester, and since have moved off of the November 26 date.

It is possible, if a suitable venue cannot be secured for a December date, probably December 17, that the Taylor-Catterall rematch might not happen until early in 2023. In that scenario, nearly a year, perhaps even more than a year, will have elapsed from the time Taylor won a controversial split decision until their second meeting.

Regardless, Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) has pushed for a second chance to prove his superiority over Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs). Taylor could’ve chosen another opponent for his next fight, but he wants to atone for his subpar performance against Catterall, a fellow southpaw who was the WBO’s mandatory challenger for Taylor’s title.

Catterall, who is now ranked fifth by the WBO, knocked Taylor to the canvas in the eighth round and won on one scorecard when they fought February 26 at OVO Hydro in Glasgow.

Judges Ian-John Lewis (114-111) and Victor Loughlin (113-112) scored Taylor the winner of that bout, but judge Howard Foster scored it 113-112 for Catterall. Referee Marcus McDonnell also deducted a point from Catterall for holding, which accounted for the difference on Loughlin’s scorecard.

Without that point deduction, Loughlin would’ve scored their fight even, 113-113, and it would’ve resulted in a split draw.

Assuming their second fight happens, Prestonpans’ Taylor, 31, and Chorley’s Catterall, 29, will fight for only the WBO junior welterweight title. Their first fight was contested for the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO belts, but Taylor, who became boxing’s fully unified 140-pound champion when he out-pointed previously unbeaten Jose Ramirez in May 2021 at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, has since relinquished three of his four titles.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.