Jack Catterall: Aiming For Undisputed
By Kailem Sims
The global super-lightweight scene is booming as of late and has been strengthened significantly through the prominent rise of Chorley based southpaw Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall who has racked up 26 wins in as many bouts, with 13 of those coming inside the scheduled distance.
He began his professional career in September of 2012 and has pulled together some very important wins since his debut against Carl Allen at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre. Catterall’s first key win came against the then-undefeated Thomas Stalker, which gained Catterall a world ranking with the WBO. Wins against domestic foes Joe Hughes and Tyrone Nurse followed in 2016 and 2017 respectively, with ‘El Gato’ becoming British super-lightweight champion against Nurse in an impressive points win.
In the summer of 2018, Catterall was matched up against the then-undefeated Belfast native Tyrone McKenna in another difficult test. Catterall picked up a unanimous decision victory over 10 rounds, retaining his WBO inter-continental title in the process. The tough tests kept coming for Catterall though, as he was lined up to face Ohara Davies the October of the same year.
Again, ‘El Gato’ proved his ability and picked up another solid decision victory against Davies, who had only lost one professional bout at the time, against the now unified world super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor.
It has been a frustrating few years for Jack Catterall to say the least. He was named the WBO’s number one challenger at the back end of 2018 and had set his sights on facing the then WBO world champion Maurice Hooker. However, in the summer of 2019, the WBO world title changed hands after Jose Carlos Ramirez put on a devastating performance to dethrone Hooker in a sixth-round KO victory.
Catterall’s wait for a shot at the world title was extended once again after it was confirmed that Ramirez would be facing Viktor Postol in a unification bout for Postol’s WBO title. A majority decision win for Ramirez saw him add the WBC super-lightweight title to his collection, with a superfight against the WBA and IBF world champion Josh Taylor now pencilled in for May 22nd in Las Vegas.
The frustrating wait continues for ‘El Gato’, however, there is seemingly some light at the end of a long old tunnel with the WBO expected to order the winner of Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez to defend their title against the Lancashire native, in a potentially life-changing opportunity for Catterall.
Boxing for a world title as a professional boxer is one thing, but boxing for the undisputed world championship is a whole different level. Catterall has remained busy in the gym, and his last appearance in the ring being in November last year where he outpointed Abderrazak Houya in Westminster.
Catterall will without a doubt be licking his lips at the prospect of facing the soon to be crowned undisputed super-lightweight champion, with the potential bout looking likely to take place in late-2021 if all goes well. ‘El Gato’s outstanding boxing ability makes him a handful for anyone he encounters in the ring, and with a shot at all of the jewels looming in the not so distant future, we could be on the cusp of Catterall’s best performance yet.
An exciting journey that is very far from being over, things could be about to get a whole lot better for the pride of Chorley as he looks to achieve his life-long dreams of becoming a world champion, with the very best yet to come in the career of Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall.