The Betfred Boxing Show hit the road as Dom McGuiness and former World champion, Anthony Crolla made their way to Salford to speak to Jamie Moore’s VIP stable of fighters ahead of a massive period that sees them go to battle for some of the sport’s biggest prizes.
In arguably the biggest fight of the lot and the most important domestic clash to close the year, Jack Catterall challenges pound-for-pound contender, Josh Taylor.
The Chorley fighter gets his long-awaited shot at the gold and has been a mandatory challenger for a significant amount of time, but allowing his Scottish rival to collide with Jose Ramirez and unify the division – further increasing the significance of the pair’s upcoming clash.
Speaking to McGuiness, he stated his belief that his defense can cause Taylor problems and if he prepares the best he ever has he can go and reach the pinnacle of the sport by defeating Taylor.
Crolla was keen to emphasise just how good he feels the fight is, as he stated: “It’s a great fight and Jack has waited a long time for his shot. He knows the task ahead, as does Jamie and the team, there’s no denying he is an underdog, but Jack, a heavy-handed southpaw, great on the counter as well, there aren’t many out there that enjoy fighting that type of fighter.”
He went on to describe Taylor as ‘one of the best we have had from over here for a while’, amidst an electric England vs Scotland atmosphere just before Christmas.
The pair also reflected on a major shock from across the pond as well, as Sandro Martin outpointed Mikey Garcia, a fight that both were picking Garcia to win with relative ease.
Domestically, there was also a mini-classic between Brad ‘The Sting’ Rea and Jez Smith, both pundits lauded the collision as it stole the show in Newcastle.