He is currently one of British boxing’s brightest young up and coming stars, having launched his career to the next level by stopping former Team GB Olympic captain Tom Stalker in 8 rounds last October in Liverpool – and on Saturday night, Chorley’s 22 year old light welterweight Jack Catterall (11-0, 7 ko) looks for his 12th straight professional win when he fights Gabriel Punalef Calpin on the undercard of Terry Flanagan’s world title clash with Jose Zepeda in Manchester.
The talented young fighter was recently selected to join Floyd Mayweather’s camp to provide some southpaw sparring ahead of Floyd’s fight with Manny Pacquiao, and away from the bright lights of Vegas, with his feet back on British soil, Catterall is determined to keep the momentum going with a strong showing on Saturday.
Speaking to iFLtv ahead of the fight, Catterall insists everything has gone well.
“It’s been a good training camp for this fight. Long training camp. I’ve been out in the States for a month or two, then back over here and I’m ready now for Saturday.”
“Since I’ve been back I’ve had (sparring) rounds with Kell Brook and over the last couple of weeks, Terry Flanagan. We’ve done loads of rounds together ’cause we both had fights coming up, so we’re both more than ready now.”
And speaking of his Argentine opponent, who brings a (22-6-3, 8 ko) slate with him, Catterall said;
“He’s got a decent enough record. He’s ambitious and he’s gonna come over here and put up a fight which is what I need. Somebody who comes to throw punches and have a fight – and I can lay him out Saturday!”
And Catterall, who defends his WBO Inter-continental 140 lb strap, is keen to improve his ranking with the organisation, as well hopefully chase an eventual British title shot, with the vacant belt being contested next week by Tyrone Nurse and Chris Jenkins.
“If the fight can be made, I’d love to fight for the British title but right now I’m looking no further than Saturday. Get that job done and then we can sit down with Frank (Warren) and see where we go from there.”
An exciting talent for the future no doubt. Watch this space.
Catterall v Calfin is live on Boxnation on the undercard of Terry Flanagan v Jose Zepeda, Saturday from 7pm.