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Josh Taylor retained his WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO light-welterweight titles against Jack Catterall via split decision last night and it's caused massively controversy.
Catterall was furious with the scorecards and he stormed backstage after massive gasps from those ringside at the OVO Hydro.
Taylor suffered a gash under his right eye before the halfway point and was dropped in round eight.
The crowd in Glasgow thought it was the end for Taylor, but he got to his feet and was handed a lifeline after Catterall was docked a point in round 10.
However, Taylor was also docked a point for a midriff strike at the end of round 11.
Official scorecards show Taylor was given the win by a very narrow margin.
Betting giants Paddy Power announced on Saturday night they will be refunding all bets on Catterall to win and called the decision an 'absolute robbery.'
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall official scorecards… pic.twitter.com/lVju32hmFA— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 27, 2022
Fans across the world expressed their disgust at the decision and they think officiating in the UK is at an all-time low.
Magnificent performance from Jack Catterall, but Josh Taylor retains his undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO super-lightweight world titles by split decision. Lost for words. Woeful scoring.— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 26, 2022
Big fan of Josh Taylor, that was disgusting.— Liam Smith (@LiamBeefySmith) February 26, 2022
Josh Taylor landed 6 punches in the final six minutes of the fight. Six.— Dan Canobbio (@DanCanobbio) February 27, 2022
Catterall took to Instagram on Sunday morning and didn't hold back.
The 28-year-old vented: "You know what hurts the most, it wasn’t for me I done all of this for my family my team my town and country. My baby girl and misses, our future. Today I should of been waking up with all of the belts.
"15 months out the ring, they all wrote me off.
"F**ked me in every way possible for over two years, finally got the fight. Sacrificed everything to fight one of the top p4p ranked fighters, gave him a lesson. For what. Boxing shame on you. Judges... Dreams stolen."
Despite the controversy, Taylor says there won't be a rematch.
"I don't think there is any need for a rematch," Taylor told Sky Sports. "I won in the second half of the fight. I took over and bossed him.
"I 100 per cent [believed I had done enough to win]. It wasn't my best performance and he caught me with some good shots. I put a lot of pressure on myself and it showed in the first half of the fight but when I found my rhythm I started catching him.
"I know I won the fight."
Featured Image Credit: Alamy & Sky Sports
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