Taylor vs Catterall – Sky, ESPN+ – Feb. 26 – 2 pm ET
Taylor-Catterall and undercard fights — at OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland — will stream Saturday live and exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States (2 p.m. ET)
(ESPN+, 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT)
• Josh Taylor 140 vs. Jack Catterall 139
(Undisputed Junior Welterweight World Title— 12 Rounds)
• Robeisy Ramirez 126.3 lbs vs. Eric Donovan 126.3 lbs
(Featherweight — 10 Rounds)
• Nick Campbell 254 lbs vs. Jay McFarlane 276 lbs
(Vacant Scottish Heavyweight Title — 10 Rounds)
• Ebonie Jones 125.3 lbs vs. Efty Kathopouli 124 lbs
(Featherweight— 6 Rounds)
• John Docherty 172 lbs vs. Jordan Grant 176.3 lbs
(Light Heavyweight — 8 Rounds)
(Streaming on Top Rank’s YouTube Channel, 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT)
• Paddy Donovan 146 lbs vs. Miroslav Serban 145 lbs
(Welterweight — 6 Rounds)
• Kurt Walker 129 lbs vs. Jaroslav Hriadel 127.3 lbs
(Junior Lightweight — 4 Rounds)
• Kieran Molloy 154.3 lbs vs. Damian Esquisabel 154 lbs
(Junior Middleweight — 4 Rounds)
Undisputed junior welterweight world champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor has already made history. The first British undisputed champion in the four-belt era, Scotland’s Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) will defend his titles against Jack “El Gato” Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs) this Saturday, Feb. 26, in front of a sold-out OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor-Catterall and a loaded undercard, including featherweight contender Robeisy “El Tren” Ramirez against Eric Donovan in a 10-rounder, will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ in the United States (2 p.m. ET).
Before fight night, go behind the scenes with Top Rank Presents: The Tartan Tornado, a documentary-style look at Taylor from his blue-collar upbringing in Prestonpans, Scotland, to his ascension to pound-for-pound elite. Once a youngster with a decorated taekwondo career, Taylor eventually set his sights on the sweet science. Taylor represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and won the Commonwealth junior welterweight title in his seventh professional fight.
Taylor cemented his legacy as a Scottish sporting hero last May when he toppled Jose Ramirez in a unification showdown, becoming only the second Scottish undisputed champion in boxing history (joining Ken Buchanan). Taylor now turns the page to Catterall, the WBO No. 1 contender from Chorley, England, who won the British title in 2017.
The highly-anticipated clash between undisputed super-lightweight champion Taylor and mandatory challenger Catterall will take place Saturday, February 26 at the OVO Hydro Arena, Glasgow.
Taylor – who holds the WBA, IBF, WBC and WBO world titles – is one of only five boxers in history have ever managed to achieve undisputed world champion status in the “four-belt” era – the other four being all-time greats Bernard Hopkins, Jermaine Taylor, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk.
Taylor is the first British fighter ever to do so, which makes his meeting with mandatory challenger Catterall in February a landmark moment in British and Scottish sporting history and a deeply significant occasion for proud Scotsman Taylor.
“Since I was 15 years old I dreamed of being a world champion. I’ve surpassed those dreams by becoming the UK’s first undisputed champion and the full belt holder. So it’s a massive, massive moment for me to defend these belts in Scotland against Jack Catterall.
“I’m excited to be back in Scotland. It’s the first time I’ve boxed at home in just over two years and Glasgow Hydro Arena is a cauldron, the fans make a hell of an atmosphere so I’m really looking forward to that.
“Jack Catterall is a very good fighter. He’s 26-0, he’s been knocking on the door for world titles for a couple of years now. He stepped aside to let me fight Ramirez but it wasn’t from the goodness of his heart – there was method in the madness. By stepping aside, he’s able to now get a crack at all the titles. I’ve worked my backside off to achieve these goals, beat champion after champion. This guy is getting a shot at the lottery here. It’s my job to make sure that he doesn’t get anywhere these belts – and he won’t.”
BEN DAVIDSON (Trainer, Taylor)
“Preparation preparation is key and I believe that if Josh prepares 100% and gets in the ring 100% on the night then this is a potential showcase for him, which is exactly what he’s looking for in his homecoming.
“But like any achievement you have to work for it, you have to earn it and give 100% focus and give Jack the respect he deserves. If Josh gets it right on the night it’s a potential showcase performance that propels his profile to the level it deserves to be.”
“To win this fight will mean the world to me and to come to Scotland and do it in front of Josh’s own fans I think adds energy to the fight, so I’m just excited to get up there and take all these belts back down to England. Josh has seen all the styles there is, but he’s never fought Jack Catterall. I believe on my day I can beat Josh.”
NIGEL TRAVIS (Trainer, Catterall)
“Jack’s very special. We know that the battle ahead is going to be tough but I feel that Jack has the style to undo Josh Taylor. Obviously he’s got a fantastic achievement [in becoming unified champion]. It’s our job to undo that and we believe we can do it. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Jack Catterall yet.”
WHEN IS TAYLOR VS. CATTERALL? DATE, START TIME
- Date: Saturday, February 26
- Main card: 7 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. ET
- Main event ringwalks (approx): 10 p.m. GMT / 5 p.m. ET
The main card is set to get underway at 7 p.m. GMT / 2 p.m. ET
WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS TAYLOR VS. CATTERALL?
- U.S.: ESPN+
- UK: Sky Sports
The fight will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN+ in the U.S.
WHERE IS THE TAYLOR VS. CATTERALL FIGHT?
The fight takes place at The OVO Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
TAYLOR VS. CATTERALL FIGHT CARD
SATURDAY, Feb. 26
LIVE & Exclusively on ESPN+ (United States)
2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall, 12 rounds, Taylor’s Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Eric Donovan, 10 rounds, featherweight
Nick Campbell vs. Jay McFarlane, 10 rounds, Vacant Scottish Heavyweight Title
Ebonie Jones vs. Effy Kathopouli, 6 rounds, junior featherweight
John Docherty vs. Mike McGoldrick, 8 rounds, super middleweight
LIVE on Top Rank’s YouTube Channel (United States)
12:30 p.m ET/9:30 a.m. PT
Kieran Molloy vs.Damian Esquisabel, 4 rounds, junior middleweight
Paddy Donovan vs. Miroslav Serban, 6 rounds, welterweight
Kurt Walker vs. Jaroslav Hriadel, 4 rounds, featherweight