Josh Taylor has confirmed he suffered a “fairly unhealthy damage” whereas making ready for the Jack Catterall rematch and Scotland’s world champion insists “we’ll struggle when I’m able to struggle”.
Taylor was anticipated to substantiate a second struggle with Catterall, however this health setback means he should wait longer to return to the ring following his controversial factors win over the Chorley boxer final February.
The bitter rivals needed to be separated on Saturday evening after they clashed angrily at ringside whereas attending the Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith invoice at The AO Arena in Manchester.
“We’ll struggle when I’m able to struggle. I’ve acquired an damage, and that was it actually,” Taylor advised Sky Sports post-Liam Smith’s defeat of Chris Eubank Jr.
“Injury occurred by the week there on Monday, however I’ve been attempting to drag by it and see if I might keep it up coaching, however I could not.
“I went to see the specialist, and it is a fairly unhealthy damage, so I am unable to rush the restoration. I’ve simply acquired to attend and see how lengthy it takes to get better.
“It’s vastly irritating. I used to be fired up for this struggle, able to go. I used to be flying within the fitness center and every thing was going properly.
“Everything was on level after which I had a nasty accident, and it is simply considered one of these items that is out of my management.
“I can solely attempt to get better as rapidly as attainable, get again to the fitness center and again into the coaching routine as rapidly as attainable.
“Hopefully quickly. I am unable to actually put a timeline on it now. I would like to attend and see how the restoration goes and what the docs and specialists say.
“It’s not one which I’m going to be speeding as a result of it is fairly unhealthy. So we’ll have to attend and see, however hopefully as quickly as attainable, as a result of I actually need to get that struggle and get on with my profession.
“My profession has been placed on maintain for a few years now, so I need to get again on the highway.”
Taylor’s contentious cut up choice victory over Catterall has been the topic of heated debate ever since.
To make that rematch occur Taylor had to surrender three of the 4 world titles he held, refusing to let obligatory challengers divert him from the struggle he wished.
He does stay the WBO 140lb champion, so though a rematch would not enable Catterall to problem for undisputed standing as soon as once more it could nonetheless be a second consecutive world title shot for him. Primarily although it could give Catterall the possibility to attempt to settle the rating with Taylor.
The damage to the Scotsman nonetheless will impose an extra look ahead to the struggle each males crave.