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Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall 2 Preview and Betting Odds

Last Updated on April 23, 2024 1:01 pm by Erwin Noguera

Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall first met in the ring in February 2022 in a bout that ended in controversy. Taylor, the current undisputed super lightweight champion, put his WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles on the line against the undefeated Catterall. Although Catterall appeared to control the fight and out-punch Taylor, the judges scored the fight in Taylor’s favor by a split decision. 

The controversial result prompted immediate calls for a rematch, but negotiations stalled when Taylor initially cited fights for reaching the 140-pound weight limit. 

Nearly two years later, the rematch is finally scheduled for April 27, 2024, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. This long-awaited bout will give Catterall another chance to compete for the belts he believes he should have won in their first meeting. 

Can the English challenger get his redemption, or will Taylor raise his hand again? Below, we’ll break down the matchup and offer betting odds information for their second showdown.

When and Where?

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm ET at the First Direct Arena in Leeds

Ring Walks Time:

5:00 pm ET

Moneyline odds:

Josh Taylor 1.83 

 Jack Catterall 2.20

Where can I watch it?


Why Bet on Josh Taylor?

For Josh Taylor, the key will be to fight smartly and not get caught in a give-and-take. He needs to use his boxing skills and footwork to outbox Catterall from the outside. Taylor got caught playing in the Catterall fight last time and didn’t use his reach advantage, so he can’t make that mistake again.

He comes into this highly anticipated rematch as the favorite after his controversial win over Jack Catterall in their first fight and subsequent loss of his titles. However, “The Tartan Tornado” possesses the skills and experience to hand Catterall his second loss.

Taylor’s key to victory will be in his technical boxing skills and high IQ in the ring. He is a smart fighter who excels at sticking to a game plan and exploiting his opponent’s weaknesses. Against Catterall, he will need to use his footwork and mobility to avoid getting trapped against the ropes.

Jack does his best work when he can pressure opponents and unload damaging combinations. Taylor must use lateral movement and angles to offset Catterall’s pressure-fighting approach.

Why Bet on Jack Catterall?

Catterall was the clear winner in the first fight despite the judges’ controversial decision. His deft boxing skills and accurate counter-attacks gave his foe trouble all night. 

El Gato’s key advantages are his boxing IQ, timing, and counter-punching skills. He has excellent footwork and moves well laterally to avoid getting hit. Catterall likes to let his opponents get close while picking them apart with counters.

Against Taylor, he needs to use his jab to control distance and set up his power punches. He should avoid brawling and stick to his strengths as a boxer. Jack has a height and reach advantage that he can take advantage of by landing his jab and right hand.

Final Betting Analysis: Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall

This rematch is shaping up to be another close and competitive fight. While Taylor won the first time, many felt Catterall deserved the decision. The latter has been hungry for redemption ever since and will be highly motivated to prove he is the better fighter. 

Taylor is still an elite fighter but seems to be slowing down a bit in his last few fights before the loss to Lopez. Catterall can capitalize if he shows signs of further slippage. Jack’s boxing skills and high-volume punching style could pose problems.

However, Taylor cannot be counted out, as he is still capable of rising to the occasion in the biggest moments, as he proved by winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament. His power and physicality could cause Catterall problems, especially, if he focuses on body punches to slow him down. He is also the more proven fighter at the championship level.

This one could go either way, but expect another close tactical chess match. Catterall seems to have the momentum coming in, while Taylor has more to prove. In the end, the former will get his revenge and finally get the big win that eluded him last time. So, our prediction is a 12-round close decision win.

Go for a victory for Catterall at 2.20. If you bet $100 at such odds, you could get $120 for a total payout of $220.

Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall Betting Pick: Jack Catterall

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