Headline act Jack Catterall looks to set up British title shot

Jack Catterall on his way to retaining his WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight title against Jarkko Putkonen.
Jack Catterall on his way to retaining his WBO Inter-Continental light welterweight title against Jarkko Putkonen.
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Chorley’s rising star Jack Catterall will look to put himself in pole position for a shot at the British title when headlines a show for the first time in his promising career.

The undefeated WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight champion will defend his title in a final eliminator for the Lonsdale Belt against current English champion Joe Hughes at the Premier Suite in the Macron Stadium, the home of Bolton Wanderers, on Friday May 13.

The 22-year-old, whose unbeaten 14-fight record includes nine knockouts, can’t wait to make the fourth defence of his title against his Malmesbury rival just a stone’s throw from his home town.

Catterall said: “This is the first time I’ll headline a show by myself and I aim to put on a fantastic show for the fans as I look to do in all my fights and give them real value for money so that they go away and can’t wait for the next one.

“I know Hughes fancies the job and will be coming to my home patch looking to upset the odds and beat me.

“He comes in with a good record, he’s the English Champion he’s fought all over the country so coming to my hotbed won’t bother him,

“There’s no doubt in my mind at all that I’ll beat him, though. There’s no way that I’m going to let him come to patch and beat me. I’ve got the skills to take him out at any time.”

Hughes, 25, has a record of 14 wins from 15 fights with only one early career points loss in March 2012 and represents the toughest test of the Chorley man’s career.

He said: “This is a fight I’ve wanted and really fancied and I know I’ve got the beating of Catterall.

“I’ve come up through the sport the hard way, fighting away from home and not getting any favours and I’m not getting any favours against Catterall in his home town, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It gives me the fire and the drive to perform and make sure I give it my all to get the win.

“Believe me, Catterall is in for a real, real, shock if he thinks he’s got some easy homecoming because I’m giving him everything I’ve got.

“The show is billed as Jack’s Back, but Jack will be flat on his back by the time I’m finished with him.”

An action-packed card live on BoxNation also features Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge defending his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title in the chief support.