Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

Undisputed junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor is hoping to fight two to three times in 2022.

Taylor’s schedule will have a big moment squeezed in, with the boxer getting married to long-time partner Danielle Murphy.

On February 26 at Glasgow’s Hydro, Taylor will make a mandatory defense against undefeated contender Jack Catterall.

“This year we’re probably only going to get two, maybe three fights in,” said Taylor (18-0) to Herald Scotland. “I’m getting married in June so I’ll have the fight in February, have a couple of months off and then it’s my stag do and then the wedding.

“Hopefully after that I’ll look to get out in September or maybe November. Wishful thinking would be to get out three times if I can stay in the gym and get fit but certainly twice. First it will be the Jack Catterall fight and then hopefully a big one later in the year too.”

Taylor had a single fight in 2021, when he scored two knockdowns in his decision win over Jose Ramirez to become the undisputed champion at 140-pounds.

An injury in training camp prevented Taylor from competing for a second time last year.

Now he receives a homecoming against a tough opponent.

“It’s a very exciting prospect [looking at possible future opponents],” Taylor said. “I 100 percent believe I’m winning this fight against Jack. He’s standing in my way of me going for my other goals. If it doesn’t go well then there’s no point thinking about what happens afterwards.

“He’s desperate to become the first Englishman to become undisputed champion and will fight his heart out to try to do that. I have to make sure he doesn’t get anywhere near that. I have to make sure I get him out of the way first.

“It’s taking on the Auld Enemy! That atmosphere will be brilliant, with the bagpipes and all that stuff. It’s always good when the Scotland vs England thing comes together. The Hydro is my home arena as I’ve had a lot of success there since the Commonwealth Games; the Ivan Baranchyk, Viktor Postol, Ryan Martin and Winston Campos fights. I’m delighted to be coming back.”

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