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Jack Catterall gains ‘justice’ with victory over Josh Taylor in thrilling rematch

Jack Catterall banished the shadow of his controversial loss to Josh Taylor by defeating the Scot in a thriller on Saturday.

Over two years after Taylor won a hotly-contested decision against the Englishman in Glasgow, Catterall outboxed a determined Taylor to gain “justice” – as promoter Eddie Hearn described the result.

Catterall avenged the sole loss of his professional career by winning 117-111, 117-111, 116-113 in Leeds. Hearn suggested that the scorecards were “too wide”, while fellow promoter Bob Arum grabbed a microphone to declare the scores a “disgrace”, but most observers agreed that Catterall was the right winner.

While the rivals’ first clash was a scrappy affair, their rematch produced numerous moments of great quality. Taylor pressed forward throughout, while Catterall fought well behind his jab and put together a number of impressive flurries.

Catterall looked to be pulling away as the fight entered its second half, but a resilient Taylor arrested some momentum, only for his fellow southpaw to produce more crucial moments of quality late on.

In the 11th round, Taylor walked on to a hard left hook, and Catterall added another before pouring on further shots. A desperate Taylor held Catterall, and the pair tumbled to the mat together – just as they did in their first fight.

Despite seeming to tire at moments, Catterall navigated the final moments well to secure a unanimous-decision victory.

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