Josh Taylor promoter calls for Jack Catterall trilogy fight as he slams 'unacceptable' scoring in Leeds rematch

Catterall (left) levelled up the scores in the rivalry with Taylor (right) back in May
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Bob Arum is adamant that a third fight between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall has to happen due to the "unacceptable" scoring by judges in their highly anticipated rematch.

Over two years on from his controversial points decision at the hands of Scottish boxing star Taylor in a bout for the undisputed World Super-Lightweight Championship, Englishman Catterall got his own back with a points victory of his own at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on May 25. In a much more entertaining fight than their first encounter, Catterall claimed a comfortable win, with two judges scoring the contest 116-113 and the other 117-111 in his favour.

The Manchester boxer is now keen to move on from his rivalry with Taylor and faces American star Regis Prograis next in his home city on August 24, with the winner likely to go on and fight for a world title. But veteran promoter Arum, 92, has once again voiced his frustration with the scorecards in the second showdown between Taylor and Catterall, and with the fighters now having one victory each in their rivalry, believes a third bout is needed to finally put the controversy to bed.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Let me clarify. I was in Leeds for that fight. I watched that fight carefully. There were three possible ways to score the fight: 7-5 Catterall (in rounds), 7-5 Taylor, 6-6 even.

"The scorecards from these judges appointed by the British Board were just so out of line that they were unacceptable. Now I don't think there was any kind of funny business going on or anything like that.

Promoter Bob Arum -Credit:Top Rank via Getty Images
Promoter Bob Arum -Credit:Top Rank via Getty Images

"I was really teed off because Taylor is my fighter, we promote him. But it wasn't necessarily because I thought he clearly won the fight. I just thought it was a disservice to him that the scorecards were so wide. I was sitting next to Eddie Hearn, whose fighter was Catterall, and he was scoring the fight and we had it a very, very close fight."

Asked on whether they should share the ring for a third time, Arum replied: "Why not? They certainly fought their hearts out for 12 rounds and the crowd loved the fight. Because the scorecards really created a controversy I think a third fight would be in order. But let's see how it plays out."