Josh Taylor escapes with world titles following controversial win over Jack Catterall

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Josh Taylor was dominated by Jack Catterall for substantial portions of their undisputed super-lightweight title clash. But that didn’t prevent the champion from retaining his belts,  thanks to some baffling scoring, winning by split decision (112-113, 114-111, 113-112) from the OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, which is Taylor's home country. However, the verdict brought widespread disgust from the boxing community as the attention switched from what should've been Catterall’s crowning moment to yet another scorecard controversy. 

Catterall’s night began brilliantly. He used his southpaw jab to score regularly against the home favourite. After coasting to a big lead at halfway, Catterall confirmed his dominance when dropping Taylor with a big left hand in round eight. The champion needed some sort of response, and he got a brief one in the tenth session when Catterall was deducted a point for holding. 

That slight advantage for Taylor was rendered useless at the end of the fight’s penultimate round when the Scot lost a point for punching at the end of the bell. That appeared to seal the deal for Catterall, but the miracle that Taylor needed was waiting for him outside the ring when the final scores were totaled. 

An inexplicable 114-111 from Ian John Lewis requires an investigation of the highest order, and combined with Victor Loughin’s equally laughable 113-112 in Taylor’s favour, Catterall’s nightmare was confirmed. A furious Jamie Moore made his disgust known in the fight’s post-fight interview, but it will be another trainer expressing his anguish on another show sometime soon. 

For Taylor, the welterweight division is waiting, and it’s possible that a move there might do him a world of good. One hundred forty pounds has been kind to him, especially kind on this night, but the magic from wins over Regis Prograis and Jose Ramirez appears to have gone. A fresh start at 147 will ensure that he leaves his four world titles behind, and after tonight, it’s only fair that Catterall is first in line to fight for one.

Far too often, British boxing has pointed the finger at other parts of the world about incompetent officiating, but the time has surely come for the BBBC to take a hard look at who they are picking as judges for high-stakes fights like this one. Catterall was sensational, but all he has to take from his efforts is the fact that he’s the latest victim of shoddy judges. 

For all updates from tonight's show, please read below.


Josh Taylor retains title with controversial points win

The record books will say Josh Taylor beat Jack Catterall, but the official verdict doesn't reflect what actually happened. Taylor was dropped and dominated, but that didn't stop two judges from scoring for him. Taylor retains his titles, but it's difficult to explain how. 

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round 12

A scrappy last round, but it's probably Taylor who takes it. Despite winning the last session, it surely won't be enough. Catterall has been superb, and he should be crowned the new world champion. 10-9 Taylor

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round 11

A point off for Taylor after he hits Catterall after the bell. It's the challenger's best round for a while, and with the point off, it's surely Catterall's fight to lose. 10-8 Catterall

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Ten

Catterall has a point taken off and could be just what Taylor needs. He finishes the round strong to take a crucial session. 10-8 Taylor

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Nine

Taylor provides a big response, but he needs a lot more. He edges that round on work rate alone, but he's going to need a knockdown in the championship rounds. 10-9 Taylor

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Eight

Taylor goes down. This is sensational from Catterall. He's been on top, but he's even higher now following a great left hand. 10-8 Catterall

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Seven

A messy round. Not a lot is happening, but Taylor is trying to impose himself. He takes the round on pure effort. 10-9 Taylor

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Six

Another Catterall round. Not many saw this coming. Can Taylor turn this around in the second half? He needs to start winning rounds. 10-9 Catterall

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Five

This is a dream start for Catterall. He's the fighter landing the cleaner shots, but he has to be expecting Taylor to have a moment at some point. The champion is working hard, but he can't seem to land anything clean. 10-9 Catterall

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Four

This is very good from Catterall. He's looking very confident, and he's throwing more punches. Taylor is making him work hard, but that's fine at this point as Catterall is responding well. 10-9 Catterall

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Three

A good round for Catterall. He's using his shoulder well, a trait he picked up in Las Vegas at Floyd Mayweather's gym. His jab is okay, and he has given himself every chance with this start. 10-9 Catterall

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round Two

Catterall can be satisfied with his start, but there are signs that Taylor fancies it in round two. The champion is opening up more, and he finishes the session strongly. 10-9 Taylor

Taylor vs. Catterall: Round One

Catterall shades the opener. It's a quiet round, but one good left hand from the challenger is the round's best shot, and it's enough to give him the edge in an otherwise quiet round. 10-9 Catterall 

Ramirez looks good as he stops Donovan

Robeisy Ramirez appears to be heading to title class as he looked levels above Eric Donovan. The Cuban stylist dropped Donovan in the opening session, and his night got even better in round three. A big left hand caught the Irishman, and Victor Loughlin was quick to jump in to prevent Donovan from taking any further punishment. Ramirez is ready for a big step up in 2022.

Campbell stops McFarlane to win Scottish title

Nick Campbell finally got Jay McFarlane to wilt after what was largely a ridiculous affair that in no way resembled a boxing match. Both men showed decent amounts of heart and courage, but there was not much skill on display as the fight was fought at a slow pace throughout. Despite enduring a few nervy moments, Campbell found the shots to halt matters in round seven. Both men will be delighted to have appeared on live TV. Unfortunately, it might be a while before they feature again.

Donovan too good for Serban

Paddy Donovan moved to 8-0 with a routine win against Miroslav Serban. The Irishman was in control from the outset, and after finding the target frequently, the damage caused to Serban's face was enough for the referee to halt matters in the final session. 

Jones held by Kathopouli

Ebonie Jones and Eftychia Kathopouli couldn't be separated as they had to share the verdict from the fight's referee. The result was fair as both fighters gave decent accounts of themselves. Jones won't be happy to get a dent on her record this early in her career, but it's possible she could put it right if the pair meet later this year. The score was 57-57.

Docherty overpowers Grant for early stoppage

John Docherty showed why he was touted on the way up with a great finish against Jordan Grant. Now trained by Grant Smith, Docherty wasted no time stopping his Scottish rival in round two. 

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