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Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall: Back the Tartan Tornado in Leeds

Boxer Josh Taylor
Scotland's Josh Taylor aims to beat Jack Catterall for the second time

It's a rematch more than two years in the making, but on Saturday we see Taylor v Catterall II. As a huge month of boxing continues, Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse previews the action from Leeds...

  • Taylor beat Catterall on a split decision in their first fight

  • Catterall brings a 28-1-0 record into Saturday

  • Taylor lost last time on points to Teofimo Lopez


Josh Taylor v Jack Catterall
Saturday, 22:00
Live on DAZN

It's the rematch UK fight fans have been waiting for as Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall renew rivalries at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Taylor won the previous meeting with Catterall on a split in Glasgow more than two years ago, but it was a highly contentious decision. Will Josh frank the form and add a 20th career win to his CV, or will Jack gain revenge and claim the victory needed to catapult himself towards world honours?

Boxing lovers enjoyed the glitz and glamour of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk last week. Now we're back to our bread and butter for a fascinating domestic dust-up. Read my preview, study the odds, review the markets, and make your big fight predictions using the Betfair Sportsbook or Exchange. There's plenty to catch your attention.

Scotsman aims to bounce back

Taylor arrives in Leeds on the back of a surprise defeat to Lopez last summer at Madison Square Garden, New York. The points reverse cost the Tartan Tornado the WBO world super lightweight title and a proud unbeaten record. He must now bounce back to winning ways at the first time of asking against an old rival.

Anything less than a win and sparkling performance could cost Josh a quickfire shot at regaining the world title. The 33-year-old from Edinburgh has failed to impress in his last two outings, edging Catterall on that controversial decision before losing on the scorecards in New York. We must see the best-ever version of Taylor on Saturday, and Betfair traders price him at 11/102.11 to score the desired result. He's 21/10 to win on points and 4/15.00 for the KO/TKO.

Taylor wasn't at his best the first time he faced Catterall, and it was a scrappy fight. I don't believe the result was as bad as some say, but Taylor was fortunate to come away with the win. Expect the Scotsman to learn from his mistakes, improve, and tidy things up. We're backing him to win the fight at a decent price.

Catterall to come up short

There's real needle between Catterall and Taylor, the kind of dispute best settled in the ring. We thought we'd never see these two men together again, but here we are, and it promises to be a thriller. The Englishman arrives with a professional record showing 28 wins against one defeat, with 13 victories coming inside the distance. Does he have what it takes to win when it matters most and claim his revenge?

El Gato has boxed twice since losing to Taylor while his opponent has remained on the sidelines. The 30-year-old from Lancashire scored a winning double when beating Darragh Foley over 10 rounds in Manchester and Jorge Linares over 12 rounds in Liverpool last time. He's the favourite ahead of this bout, with Betfair sportsbook customers enjoying 8/111.73. The points win is the 13/82.63 favourite in the method of victory market with a stoppage 10/34.33.


Paddy Donovan v Lewis Ritson
Saturday, 19:00
Live on DAZN

Let's now look at the best fights from Saturday's undercard promoted by Eddie Hearn for Matchroom Boxing. Paddy Donovan of Limerick, Ireland, brings a perfect 13-fight record with 10 knockout wins but faces a step up in class when fighting Lewis Ritson. Donovan is the 1/181.06 favourite on the Betfair Sportsbook, which suggests he need only turn up to win. Anyone who has ever seen Ritson fight knows that's a dangerous assumption.

There's no value in backing Donovan to win at such short odds, so we'll take a small jab at Ritson while keeping our stakes low. The respected fighter from Newcastle is the more experienced fighter, with a card showing 23 wins against three defeats. His losses have come against decent opposition, and he still has plenty left to offer. If Ritson is anywhere near his all-action best, he's worth a play at an incredible 8/19.00 pricetag that's available on the Sportsbook website and mobile app to all Betfair customers.


Cheavon Clarke v Ellis Zorro
Saturday, 21:00
Live on DAZN

Cheavon Clarke fights Ellis Zorro for the vacant cruiserweight British title in a fight worthy of being chief support for the main event. Clarke has an 8-0-0 record with six knockouts and is currently ranked at number six in the UK. The Jamaican-born fighter, now based in Kent, won his last fight inside four rounds in Belfast earlier this year, dismantling opponent Tommy McCarthy in style. Will he add another win to his impressive record? You can back Clarke at odds of 1/101.10 on the sportsbook, but we're taking him to score a late stoppage.

Opponent Zorro has won all but one of his previous 18 bouts, meaning it's a surprise to see him trading at 6/17.00. The Kent fighter was stopped inside a round by Jai Opetaia in Saudi Arabia last time on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin. How much did that heavy defeat take out of him, and how much does he have left? He's better than his price suggests, but the momentum is with Clarke.


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