Jack Catterall has fallen to #3 in the WBO super-lightweight rankings and could miss out on a shot at the title.
Catterall ought to be have been crowned the undisputed super-lightweight champion of the world after giving Josh Taylor a lesson in his home country. However, Taylor was favoured by the judges in one of the most crooked points decisions that British boxing has ever seen.
Taylor will not be giving Catterall a rematch, either. He looks set to move up in weight and thus vacate his belts, with the initial assumption being that Catterall would be perfectly primed to fight for the vacant title(s) – but that doesn’t actually now appear to be the case.
Catterall has fallen to #3 in the WBO super-lightweight rankings, which now leaves Liam Paro and Teofimo Lopez primed to fight for the potentially vacate belt, ahead of the Englishman, despite the fact that the belt, and every other in the division, ought to be around his waist.
Jack Catterall has dropped from #1 to #3 in the new WBO super-lightweight rankings following his defeat to Josh Taylor. This means, if Taylor does vacate and move up, it will now be Liam Paro (WBO #1) vs Teofimo Lopez (WBO #2) which is likely ordered for the WBO belt instead.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 19, 2022
Ultimately, Catterall was cheated out of the greatest night of his life and is now being punished for it. We desperately hope that he has an opportunity to fight for a world title sooner rather than later, but if we’re being honest, nothing can ever put right what happened to him up in Scotland.