Catterall ready to step up

Chorley ace Jack Catterall
Chorley ace Jack Catterall
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Chorley super-lightweight Jack Catterall says it is only a matter of time before he expands Britain’s impressive current haul of 11 world boxing champions.

The 22-year-old southpaw is unbeaten in 13 fights and already rated seventh by the WBO after relieving several notables of their undefeated status.

“Ideally, I’d love a chance to fight for a world title eliminator in 2016 before challenging for the big one in 2017,” said the reigning WBO inter-continental king, who joined the pros under rising Stockport coach Lee Beard whilst still a teenager.

“Okay, some fights wouldn’t make sense at the minute because there are still a few gaps I need to breach.

“I rate (WBO champion) Terence Crawford especially highly and study his fights very closely.

“Ukraine’s unbeaten WBC title holder Viktor Postol is also a great champion.

“I’ve not seen a lot of Cesar Cuenca (Argentina’s IBF champion) if I’m honest but he’s certainly not a fight I’d shy from and I’d be particularly suited to Adrien Broner (current WBA title holder).

“I’d have an inch or two on him and his style would suit me perfectly. I’ve sparred a lot with (ex-IBF super-featherweight champion) Argenis Mendis who also has that shoulder roll.”

Plenty would feel it is premature for Catterall to be mentioning his name alongside a quadruple world champion at this stage, especially in light of his laboured 10-round shut-out over Finland’s 12-0 Jarkko Putkonen, in his last fight in October.

“I’m my own biggest critic, never pleased, and I know my last performance wasn’t my best,” said Catterall.

“But I went 10 rounds for the first time against another unbeaten fighter and felt in total control throughout. It was all a bit too easy. I dropped down to his level and was a bit flat.

“Putkonen arrived fit, strong and undefeated. Had he come to win, shown some ambition, I’d have been better able to showcase what I can do.

“To be honest, I expected a lot more from him. I know I’d fight to the death to defend my unbeaten record.”

A serious contender for the 2015 Young Boxer of the Year award, Catterall intends to conclude what has been another hugely educational period with a sizzling second defence of his inter-continental title against a challenger to be named on the salivating ‘X-Mas Cracker’ bill at Manchester Arena on Saturday, December 19.

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