The No. 7 pound-for-pound boxer in the world and the undisputed junior welterweight champion, Josh Taylor, returns to the ring for the first time since he became the undisputed champ last May when he takes on Jack Catterall next month.
The two will meet on February 26 at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, in a fight that can be seen on ESPN+. As far as the Taylor vs Catterall odds are concerned, the reigning champ is the betting favorite.
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Taylor vs Catterall Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has listed Taylor vs Catterall betting odds on their site, setting the champ as the -1700 chalk and the challenger as the +765 underdog. This means you would have to lay $1,700 to profit $100 with Taylor retaining his title while a $100 wager on the upset would net you a cool $765.
Odds as of February 25 at Sportsbook
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Our sports betting calculator can emphasize the odds further. There you will see that Taylor’s betting line translates to an implied win probability of 94.44 percent and Catterall’s odds represent an implied win probability of 11.56 percent. Be sure to see our How to Bet on Boxing guide to help you get in on the action. You can see all the boxing betting news here at Odds Shark.
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall Betting Odds Analysis
It is quite the shift in odds for Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor from the night he became the undisputed junior welterweight champion against Jose Ramirez. Then, Taylor was the -200 favorite and now, in his first defense, he’s the -1700 chalk. The Scotland native was a four-figure favorite in his fight preceding Ramirez but his odds have been -500 or longer in three of his last four.
Catterall A Dog For The First Time
This is the first world title fight for Jack “El Gato” Catterall and the first time that he walks to the ring as the plus-money option. The Brit was set as a pick’em at -110 when he fought Ohara Davies in 2018 but outside of that has been the sizable favorite. Will he cash for his backers in this big spot?
Taylor vs Catterall Preview
The undefeated Scotland native has had a meteoric rise in the boxing world, becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion in just his 18th pro fight, in similar fashion to former pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko, who became a unified world champ in his 13th pro fight.
The Tartan Tornado is an aggressive fighter with 13 of his 18 pro wins coming by knockout, though three of his last four fights have gone the distance. Taylor has a snappy jab that he utilizes effectively to get on the inside where he does his best work, especially going to the body with his powerful left hand.
Can Catterall Weather The Tornado?
The undefeated Brit will be at a reach disadvantage, which means he will have to do work when Taylor closes the distance. Half of El Gato’s 26 professional wins have been knockouts, though he has only one in his last five appearances.
Catterall does a good job changing pace, often staying fairly relaxed with not a lot of movement, lulling his opponents to sleep before lunging in with a flurry of strikes. Many of those flurries come after his foe has thrown a strike – his patience is remarkable as he primarily looks to counter.
Taylor vs Catterall Pick
Taylor will have to be careful as he prods his way into the phone booth as Catterall’s blitzing jab and flurry of punches could connect heavily upon the champion’s entry. That said, El Gato does have a tendency to get caught with combinations due to his lack of footwork and movement and if Taylor can corner him, the damage could pile up quickly.