Jack Catterall has warned his super-lightweight rivals that he’s only going to get better as he closes in on a world title shot.
The Chorley star retained his WBO Intercontinental title with a hard-fought points win over Tyrone McKenna in Belfast last Saturday and is now eyeing a big end to 2018.
The 25-year-old knocked the home favourite down twice on his way to victory over 10 rounds but knows there is plenty to work on with trainer Jamie Moore in the weeks and months to come.
“I’ve watched the fight back and I was happy with how things went but I know I can do better,” said former British champion Catterall.
“It was another learning fight.
“I know a lot of people tipped me to win it but I knew it was going to be a tough fight in his hometown and he was undefeated.
“I’d probably give myself five-and-a-half out of 10.
“If I’d have stopped him in the second round although I would have been made up with the performance I wouldn’t have had my first proper fight with Jamie.
“Now we can sit down and talk about going through the gears more and things like that.”
His next fight could be a much-hyped clash with British rival Ohara Davies.
But Catterall’s 22nd professional victory means he sits at number four in the WBO rankings with a fight with the governing body’s champion Maurice Hooker firmly on his radar.
“I’m having a week or two off just to let the body recover from a couple of months’ training,” he said.
“I had a couple of fights back-to-back and it takes a lot out of you.
“There’s nothing scheduled but I’m ready to be in some more exciting fights.
“In my weight division in Britain and around the world there’s a lot of good fights to be made.
“I want to be in fights that people remember like the one in Belfast.
“Whether it’s big domestic fights or ones that can push me towards a world title, they are what I’m looking at later on this year.
“I’ve got a couple of niggles to look at but I should be back at the end of September or in October.”
One deciding factor when it comes to Catterall’s next move could be whether American Hooker enters the World Boxing Super Series which would tie up the WBO belt for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve heard he might be but I’m not sure if he’s going in or not,” said the Chorley southpaw.
“If he doesn’t go in then that’s brilliant because my team would push for that fight.
“If he does then it’s a case of trying to work out the best route to get me a shot at one of those world champions.
“If the titles are tied up I wouldn’t beat myself up about it I’d just get my head down and keep working.”