Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall: Tartan Tornado set for memorable homecoming

Taylor is fighting in Scotland for the first time since 2019, when he defeated Ivan Baranchyk to become IBF junior welterweight world champion.

Josh Taylor returns for the first time since defeating Jose Ramirez to become unified champion at junior welterweight.

The "Tartan Tornado" dropped Ramirez twice on his way to becoming Scotland's first undisputed king since Ken Bucanan in 1971 and is rated inside the top five of Ring Magazine's Pound for Pound rankings.

Taylor - who made history alongside trainer Ben Davison, who has been in his corner for two fights - is now being linked with all of the big names, from welterweight ruler Terence Crawford to lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez.

The 30-year-old admitted he is only chasing legacy fights and looking at his record, who could argue? The combined records of his last six fighters add up to 136-1 - four of them being world title bouts.

While Taylor wants to cement his greatness in the history books, he has a mandatory challenger in the way of him first. Jack Catterall - the WBO mandatory challenger, who took a side-step fee to allow Taylor to fight Ramirez in May - is another undefeated opponent.

The fellow Brit, from Chorley, England, is a southpaw fighter who is 26-0 but none of his wins are anywhere near the level of Taylor.

They do, however, have one opponent in common: Ohara Davis. Taylor dismantled the Londoner inside seven rounds in 2017 before Catterall outpointed Davis in 2018, a fight that failed to ignite.

Can Catterall upset the odds?

Jack Catterall, right, is the WBO light-welterweight mandatory challenger

"El Gato" is yet to lose in the professional ranks which will give him confidence going into the contest but we are yet to see the best of him in the ring.

Catterall, a huge underdog with Planet Sport Bet, has a lot of talent and ability but it seems to go missing when the spotlight is on him. One thing not on his side is ring inactivity with his last fight being in November 2020 - a bout which he won via unanimous decision against Frenchman Abderrazak Houya.

Taylor outlanded Ramirez over the 12 rounds by a margin of 145 to 134, according to CompuBox in his last fight and Catterall will need to do something special to slow down the intensity of Taylor.

Meeting Taylor in the middle of the ring will see him taste a crushing defeat. For Catterall to somehow pull off an upset, he will need to fight ugly, frustrate Taylor and fight on the outside, just like he has in previous fights.

Regis Prograis implemented a plan of how to win rounds and potentially a fight against Taylor but it's easier said than done, especially when you consider the Scotsman will be extra motivated in front of a sold out crowd in his native.

Catterall is a very savvy boxer with plenty of skills but expect a pro-Taylor crowd in Scotland to inspire the champion to victory inside the distance.

When and where?

The pair collide at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on December 18.

How can I watch it?

Sky Sports have the rights for the UK & Ireland while ESPN will distribute the fight worldwide, including the United States.

What's on the line?

The WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and Ring Magzine titles.

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