Taylor is defending her four belts against mandatory challenger Catterall as the Scots rematch Glasgow for the first time in three years
Jack Catterall was robbed of his victory by the judges as Josh Taylor controversially pursued his four world titles.
The Scotsman, a shadow of his best, was dropped in the round of 16 as his English foe looked set to set a record of a terrifying match.
Taylor appeared to need a goal in the final half but was unable to get one as both men had points deducted for fouls.
But instead of a new champion being anointed by a jury, two of the three victories went to the Scots.
The one right person gave Catterall the 113-112 nod but Ian John Lewis gave Taylor a monstrous 114-111 win while Victor Loughlin’s 113-112 sent Taylor fans into a state of delirium – and the sport is straight into scandal.
Taylor fought at home for the first time since he was crowned world champion nearly three years ago.
He returned to Glasgow as Scotland’s first four-belt champion after completing his collection by defeating Jose Ramirez last year.
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Catterall stepped aside to allow Taylor to face Ramirez but is now cashing in on his mandatory challenger chip.
A thrilling first half was conceded with Catterall’s left hand as the visitor got off to a solid start.
Taylor returned the favor at second but his challenger didn’t want to reply back.
The champion continued to skip his shot in the third session as Catterall believed his pre-match odds.
Both men were repeatedly warned for fouls as Taylor tried to turn the match into a dogfight.
And Scot appeared to signal his distress to his corner in the fourth session.
The crowd of 12,000 tried to rally their man in the fifth round when they sensed he was struggling.
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Taylor had her lower right eye cut off as the harder-than-expected test got halfway through to the top spot.
Taylor continued to try to drag the Englishman into the trenches, but it was Catterall who fired the shots.
And he knocked Taylor over the canvas in the round of 16 with a left hook to the head.
The champion attempted to recover in the next session but was instead staring down at the barrel of sadness.
He was given a glimmer of hope when Catterall scored a point for consistently holding 10th place.
But Taylor – apparently – needed a make up goal in the championship half but instead, with blood running down his face, he hit Catterall after the 11th half bell and had a point deducted.
With her fate seemingly all sealed, Taylor desperately chased a goal in the final half but was left in thin air.
And he looked like he was about to leave empty-handed before the referees intervened.
Taylor refuses to accept that he has lost the match – and insists he is not in a position to recommend a rematch with Catterall.
“It’s getting harder and harder to put on weight and that will most likely be my last battle at 140,” he said.
“I don’t think there is a need for a rematch. I won the second half of the fight. I took over and mastered him.”
Basically, Nick Campbell was crowned the first Scottish heavyweight champion in 71 years after stopping Jay McFarlane.
McFarlane, who was content to take the lead with his transparent face, was eliminated in the seventh round.
He beat the score but the referee intervened after another foul from the undefeated Campbell.
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