BREAKING: Catterall will defend title against unbeaten military cop

Jack Catterall taking on Argentina's Cesar David Inalev on Friday, March 6, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight Championship
Jack Catterall taking on Argentina's Cesar David Inalev on Friday, March 6, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight Championship
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Chorley boxer Jack Catterall will defend his WBO Intercontinental Light-Welterweight title against face unbeaten Jarkko Putkonen.

Catterall has a perfect record of 12 wins with eight knockouts and the-22-year-old will make the second defence of his title at the World War III fight night against the unbeaten 31-year-old at the Manchester Arena on October 10.

Putkonen has served in many dangerous hot-spots across the globe for the UN and also works as a Military Policeman for the Finnish Navy.

And he has already starting the fighting talk ahead of the big clash.

He said: “After standing guard for months between the Israeli Army and Hezbollah, the boasts of some British upstart kid are surely not going to nerve me.

“My chin has never been cracked for even a single knockdown - not in the amateurs or the pros, so Catterall had better be prepared for much more than three rounds,”

But Catterall is relishing the prospect of ending Putkonen’s unbeaten record and sees the fight as a stepping stone on his quest for the world title.

He said: “I’m excited to fight another unbeaten fighter, it adds an edge to the fight and gives me something to get the adrenaline flowing.

“Tom Stalker and Nathan Brough were both unbeaten and I stopped them in back-to-back fight in two of my best wins, so claiming that unbeaten record is a big motivator for me,”

“To me, Putkonen is a stepping stone to where I’m heading and that’s the world title.

“He’s another fighter in the way that I have to eliminate, but he’ll have his own plans and ambitions to upset me in my backyard

“I’ve seen a few of his fights, but to be honest I like to figure out my opponent in the ring on the night adapt.

“Of course I want to make a statement with my performances and I’ll be looking to take Putkonen out early.”

The show will be headlined by WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan, who will make the first defence of his title against Diego Magdaleno.

Liam Smith will also challenge John Thompson for the vacant WBO Super-Welterweight title.

And Putoken says Catterall better be ready for the fight of his life.

He said: “This is the opportunity I have trained for 15 years for and I’m not going to let it go wasted,”

“We are both 12-0, we are both 10 stones. As far as I’m concerned, there is only two things which separate us: he’s a southpaw and I’m orthodox, he has a big promotional backing and I have not. Other than that we start from equal footing.”