By Mark Eisner: Jack Catterall will be trying to prove tonight that he’s got the talent to progress to the next level for some of the mouth-watering fights when he takes on former three-division world champion Jorge Linares in the main event at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. The action starts at 2:00 p.m. ET on DAZN.
We’ll be giving live boxing results below of tonight’s Catterall vs. Linares card.
Linares (47-8, 29 KOs) has been going through hard times lately, losing his last three fights, but he’s hoping to turn things around against British fighter Catterall (27-1, 13 KO), who some feel is little more than a fringe contender at 140 and more suited to fighting on the domestic-level.
Obviously, the 38-year-old Linares was a much better talent than Catterall when he was younger, but he’s not the young, spry chicken he once was, and he could be vulnerable to losing to the 30-year-old.
Undercard on DAZN
Peter McGrail vs. Fran Mendoza
Jack Turner vs. Adam Yahaya
Aqib Fiaz vs. Reece Bellotti
Khaleel Majid vs. Tom Farrell
“I’m calling out Jack Catterall. You want Josh Taylor, and you want the winner of Haney vs. Prograis. Give me something,” said Eddie Hearn to Boxing Social. “Give me that performance where the world says, ‘We want it.’
“Peter McGrail, you’re fighting a 17-0 kid. Give it to me, smash him to pieces. Show me how great you are. We need to be hard with our match-making and not be worried about losing a fighter to another platform or another promoter, which we’ve done in the past because you end up giving them easy fights that no one cares about. So, it’s time for change.
“We have an excuse now. For all the people moaning about Misfits. ‘It’s terrible, it’s going to ruin boxing.’ Shut up; it has nothing to do with boxing.
“It doesn’t take any money off the table for fighters, for promoters, and for networks. It’s another world, but if we don’t get it right in boxing, the bigwigs for these platforms will look at Misfits, which is a lot cheaper, by the way.
“I have fighters that you don’t even know their names, who are in fights that they can’t lose, that are in fights that they’re making twice as much as Salt Papi and Slims combined. What I’m saying is, we make value for money, and the way we do that is by making great fights,” said Hearn.