Jack keeping focus in spite of mix-up

Jack Catterall celebrates after he defeats Tom Stalker in October
Jack Catterall celebrates after he defeats Tom Stalker in October
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Jack Catterall admits the situation regarding his on-off fight with Martin Gethin is one he has never experienced before.

Last Thursday, promoter Francis Warren announced the 21-year-old from Chorley would be defending his WBO European light-welterweight title against Walsall’s Gethin.

The fight – scheduled for 10 rounds – was set to be on the undercard of the Mersey Boys show – topped by the IBF world super-flyweight title fight between Paul Butler and Zolani Tete – at Liverpool Arena on Friday, March 6.

However, just a day after the announcement, rival promoters Matchroom announced they had signed a deal for Gethin to box Tommy Coyle at lightweight on Saturday, March 7.

After much confusion, it was revealed Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions only had a verbal agreement with Matchroom.

A spokesperson from Queensberry Promotions, said: “We had a verbal agreement with Martin Gethin’s manager about fighting Jack.

“We had a great working relationship with Martin and we took his word on it. But Gethin is under an exclusive promotional contract with Queensberry.

“And despite being Gethin’s promoters, we have never received an offer to box Tommy Coyle.”

The situation has left Catterall – who boasts a perfect record of 10 victories from 10 fights with six knockouts – puzzled and he hopes it can be resolved soon, although he will definitely still be on the March 6 bill in Liverpool.

He said: “I hope the Gethin fight can be made, as it was one I was excited for and it would have helped me in my career.

“If it can’t then I hope I can have a meaningful test and something that will help me.

“It’s a strange situation but it’s out of my hands. I’m just going to leave it to my manager as well as the promoters.

“Hopefully something can be sorted in the next week or so. I want time to analyse my opponent as well as focusing on him.”

Catterall is now one week into camp and is feeling in a confident mood.

The last time Catterall found himself in Liverpool was in October when he demolished Olympian Tom Stalker over eight rounds.

Liverpool Arena brings back many happy memories for Catterall and he hopes he can continue to put on a show for the fans.

He said: “I like the Arena and this is a good card. Hopefully boxing there again I can start to build a fan base and get some support.

“After my last two fights against Nathan Brough and Tom Stalker, the wider boxing world has started to notice me that bit more. It’s good for my career.”

Tickets are now on sale for Mersey Boys. Prices are £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150.

To get tickets, call Catterall on 07821146786.