Jack Catterall takes aim at domestic rival Josh Taylor by ‘toasting’ his loss to Teofimo Lopez, after missing out on a rematch with the Scot following their controversial first fight last year
- Taylor beat Catterall 15 months ago via a highly-criticised split decision call
- He now has no belts, however, losing the last of his four on Saturday night
- A rematch between the Brits could take place with Catterall taking aim online
Jack Catterall has appeared to mock rival Josh Taylor after the Brit lost to Teofimo Lopez on Saturday.
Taylor lost his WBO super-lightweight belt in New York after falling to defeat via unanimous decision, meaning he had to hand over the final of his world titles.
The Scot had vacated three of his belts since controversially beating Catterall last year, and he is now empty handed after the loss at Madison Square Garden.
He toppled Catterall 15 months ago via a highly-criticised split decision call, and the two had been going back and forth over a potential rematch.
That could still happen, with Catterall stirring the pot by posting a toasting gif following the outcome of Saturday’s fight.
Jack Catterall has mocked rival Josh Taylor (left) after his defeat to Teofimo Lopez (right) on Saturday
Catterall posted a toasting gif on his Twitter account following the bout in New York
Taylor controversially beat Catterall (right) by split decision when the two faced off last year
Taylor had faced pressure to give his rival a rematch after many thought he was robbed when the two did battle in February 2022.
The 32-year-old however fought his mandatory challenger, Lopez, but disappointed and admitted there were no excuses for the defeat.
Catterall had challenged Taylor to take him on without a title on the line after three world titles were given up to focus on the potential rematch, but Taylor was unwilling to give up his final bout and had to take on Lopez.
It appeared the rematch was due to take place, but Taylor picked up an injury before it was announced.
Taylor and Catterall could be set for a rematch, though with no titles on the line it’s unclear if that will happen
The path is now clear for the bout to take place, with Catterall throwing the first metaphorical punch online last night.
Fans appear keen to see the scrap, too, with many chipping in on the debate on social media following the defeat on the back of the controversial call last year.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Theoretically, that’s back to back defeats for Taylor. You have taken his soul away by the looks of it. Maybe the backlash of the robbery did something to him.’
Another added: ‘The belts Josh Taylor was favoured with when you beat him, they’ve been taken away by Teofimo Lopez! What goes around must comes around. They robbed you before but he got beaten up clearly without any excuses.’