Jack Catterall hopes Josh Taylor beats Jose Ramirez – then keeps his word
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Jack Catterall hopes Josh Taylor beats Jose Ramirez then keeps his promise to his British rival.
Catterall has been the mandatory challenger for the WBO world super-lightweight title for 18 months but has yet to be given his chance.
He was guaranteed a shot at Jose Ramirez following the American's win over Viktor Postol three months ago – but has stepped aside to allow Ramirez and Taylor to clash for all four belts.
Taylor has vowed to beat his fellow world champion and put his treasure on the line against Catterall – but the challenger admits he could end up fighting for a vacant belt.
"It's been going on for the best part of 18 months since I became mandatory for the WBO world title," he told Mirror Fighting .
"Maurice hooker had it at the time ands they let Terry Flanagan jump up weight category and he got an automatic shot at it, got beat so I thought I was in next.
"For whatever reason Hooker got a voluntary defence, so I went to America to watch and thought I would get it next… then they called for a unification with Ramirez!
"Hooker got beat and I thought i was next… then the WBC put their mandatory before the WBO and Ramirez fought and beat Postol and I thought I had to be next!
"Then the politics of boxing got quite complicated but a decision came a couple of weeks ago through my management team and my promotional team that the best possible scenario would be to let Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez fight for all four titles.
"The decision didn't come overnight, it was long phone calls with my promoter and my management team but we decided it would be better in the long run if we gave everyone else what they wanted with the promise of a world title fight and big fights down the line.
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"Although it's frustrating, I'm excited to see how the fight goes; I do want Josh Taylor to win and hopefully that will set up a big fight next year with us both.
"Whoever ends up with all four belts, I'll at least be guaranteed a shot at the WBO, if not all four. I can't say that when one of them ones they won't put all four titles to one side and move up; that would be out of everyone's hands but I'm hoping the winner sticks around for one more fight."
Taylor and Ramirez are set to clash in the first quarter of next year, likely in America, and Catterall believes the Scot has the edge.
"I do swerve towards Josh Taylor, he's a bit more versatile then Ramirez," he added. "For me, Ramirez does not have as many things in his ammo.
"He's a come-forward fighter and doesn't mind taking a few to get his off, I don't think he boxes as well on the back foot and Josh has a few more gears and a better boxing IQ."