Lancastrian southpaw, Jack Catterall, is confident that he will continue his undefeated run in the super-lightweight division when he meets Martin Gethin at the Manchester Arena on April 8th.
“For me, it’s not really been frustrating,” says Catterall. “It’s not about stopping everybody, it’s about looking good and learning. I know that I’m hitting as hard as I ever did in the gym.
“Joe Hughes was just a very tough opponent, then I hurt my hands in the fight with [Lukasz] Janik. Last time out, [Diego Gonzalo] Luque was quite negative which prevented me from showing what I’m fully capable of. I got the win and another ten rounds under my belt, but I wasn’t especially happy with my performance.
“Hopefully, Martin Gethin comes with ambition so I can look good beating him. I’m as fit and strong as I’ve ever been and now my hands have been treated, I’m able to punch through the target rather than at it. I’ve got my MoJo back. Expect to see me putting opponents to bed again!”
In his 17 fights, Catterall is yet to face anyone of real note. However, he is happy with how his career has progressed thus far.
“These educational fights have given me time to work on things in the gym and assemble the right team together,” says Catterall.
“I did a lot of work with Haroon in the previous four years, so we’ve not made any massive changes. He’s just added more routine and structure to my training. Every new fight provides fresh challenges. Haroon studies opponents makes good plans, and we work on stuff that we can execute in my fights.”
While not headlining shows just yet, Catterall is confident that one day he will get his time in the spotlight.
“Terry [Flanagan] and ‘Beefy’ [Liam Smith] are world champions, so I’m very grateful for an opportunity to feature on their undercard. But I’m working towards eventually being at the top table at the biggest arenas myself,” Catterall insists.
“Last time, I took my ‘team’ up to Scotland, so I’m looking forward to fighting in Manchester again. Chorley will empty out for the evening, and there’s a lot of other local fighters on the bill, so hopefully, I can count on their support too.”
Gethin presents Catterall with his toughest test to date. A former British Lightweight Champion, who has been known to cause in an upset in the past – Gethin’s style should bring the best out of Catterall.
“I expect to deliver a performance that will catapult my name back into the limelight,” said, Catterall.
“Martin’s an established name who showed in his upset stoppage win over John Wayne Hibbert last time that he still has plenty to offer. He lives in the gym, running his boxing and circuit classes, so he’s exceptionally fit. I definitely can’t look past him, but I always focus on my own game and make sure I’m best prepared to adapt to any situation that arises on the night.
“Martin likes to come forward, tucked up, but can be a bit one-dimensional. I expect he’ll eventually run out of ideas and when he receives no success, he’ll lose heart, and I’ll pick him apart.
“He’ll re-ignite the old finishing instinct in me. I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get him out of there before the end. And if he charges out stupidly, it could finish very early!”
Catterall’s showdown with Gethin lands on the undercard of undefeated Terry Flanagan’s fifth WBO World Lightweight Title defence against dangerous Russian Petr Petrov; fierce Super-Welterweight rivals Liam Smith and Liam Williams clash in one of the most eagerly-anticipated all-British showdowns in recent times; double Olympic Gold Medallist and women’s boxing icon Nicola Adams OBE fights for the first time as a professional and former Team GB Heavyweight monster Daniel Dubois makes his highly-anticipated professional debut
Tickets for April 8 priced £50, £70, £100, £150, £200, £300 and VIP £500 are available from eventim at www.eventim.co.uk and 0844 249 1000 and the Manchester Arena at www.manchester-arena.com and 0844 847 8000.