Shock Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall scoring referred to police by House of Commons Speaker

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The controversial scoring of Josh Taylor’s win against Jack Catterall has been referred to the police by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Taylor won a split decision in his Scotland homecoming, despite being knocked down, cut and out-boxed for long periods by Catterall.

Many believed Catterall deserved the victory but the judges decided otherwise, handing defending champion Taylor a shock split decision win in his undisputed super-lightweight title defence.

“Everyone is disgusted by what’s happened – it brings the sport into disrepute,” Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Catterall’s MP in Chorley, told Sportsmail.

“I have to question why the judges got it so wrong? I have already sent a letter to the police.

“I have spoken to Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston – they are both looking into this.

“I also believe that something seriously went on here – whether it was undue influence, one must question why?”


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The result is also being investigated by British Boxing Board of Control.

Asked whether Catterall should get another world title shot, Taylor told Sky Sports News: “Of course, I think he deserves it.

“We’ll see what happens down the line – we can have a fight again with Jack, why not. I’m certainly open to it, so we’ll see what happens.

“Most likely at a catchweight. I can’t make the weight anymore safely, I don’t think. So we’ll see how it goes, but I’m keen for a rematch.”

After the fight, an emotional Catterall said he believes corruption, as well as incompetence, influences judging in boxing.


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“Yeah it’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” he said of the past four days. “I was on top of the world after that 12th round on Saturday night and I’ve hit rock bottom since.

“Robert Smith saying the fight was close – there’s not one other person, promoter, journalist, broadcaster, fight fan who even had it remotely close.

“For him to say the fight was close, it just sickens me. I think there’s a lot of incompetence in boxing and how it’s regulated. And I also do believe there’s some kind of corruption.”

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