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Teddy Atlas' Epic Judges Rant Goes Viral Again After Josh Taylor And Jack Catterall Controversy

Ryan Sidle

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Teddy Atlas' Epic Judges Rant Goes Viral Again After Josh Taylor And Jack Catterall Controversy

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Josh Taylor's successful defence of his four world light welterweight titles against Jack Catterall has understandably caused controversy, and led to Teddy Atlas' famous rant to go viral again.

Taylor was undefeated and undisputed world champion going into his mandatory challenge against the also undefeated Catterall, in a homecoming fight in Glasgow.

Both Taylor and Catterall celebrated at the bell, thinking they'd won. Image: PA Images
Both Taylor and Catterall celebrated at the bell, thinking they'd won. Image: PA Images

The champion was a heavy favourite, and expected to win relatively easily, but Englishman Catterall really upset the applecart, out boxing Taylor in many rounds, according to most onlookers.

Catterall landed a knockdown in the eighth and looked to be headed for a shock victory, only for the judges to instead give split decision win to Taylor.

Fans couldn't believe what they'd seen and it led to a video of legendary boxing commentator and trainer Atlas going viral on social media, eight years after its origins.

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"I have no choice, I’ve been in the business for 40 years. I’m a lifer. Where am I gonna go? I’ve got nowhere to go. But if I did, I’d get the hell out of it! I’d get the hell out of it!" Atlas says, talking about the idea of no longer watching boxing.

The 65-year-old has a point in the sense that people who don't usually watch boxing are hardly going to carry on if they see the kind of decision from Saturday night.

"I’m sick and tired of watching these fighters who put everything on the line, they get in the ring and come out of the ring with less of themselves physically than they had when they went in," the commentator adds.

It is certainly not the first time that someone has been robbed of a decision, and Atlas' video even went viral when Tyson Fury was unsuccessful in defeating Deontay Wilder in the pair's first meeting, before eventually winning the rematch.

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Atlas' rant actually came from a fight in 2014, when Oscar Escandon defeated Tyson Cave, in a fight for the interim WBA Super bantamweight world title.

The Ecuadorian was given the decision 115-113, 113-115, 117-111, across the three judges, with the legendary commentator giving Cave as many as 10 rounds, and ESPN's viewers at the time giving the Canadian all 12.

Following Saturday's fight, Taylor, who has been brilliant in his professional career before the controversial win in Glasgow, revealed he would be moving up in weight to welterweight.

Catterall took to Instagram to say that boxing had 'stolen his dreams,' and it's tough to argue with his point, or what Atlas flagged as an issue eight years ago.

Topics: Boxing

Ryan Sidle
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