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fight complaint Controversial Josh Taylor - Jack Catterall title fight referred to police in UK

'I also believe that something seriously went on here – whether it was undue influence, one must question why?'

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Jack Catterall (left) lands a punch on Josh Taylor in their light-welterweight bout in Glasgow last weekend. Taylor was announced as the victor, but the scoring of the fight is now being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control. Photo: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

Jack Catterall (left) lands a punch on Josh Taylor in their light-welterweight bout in Glasgow last weekend. Taylor was announced as the victor, but the scoring of the fight is now being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control. Photo: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

Jack Catterall (left) lands a punch on Josh Taylor in their light-welterweight bout in Glasgow last weekend. Taylor was announced as the victor, but the scoring of the fight is now being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control. Photo: Steve Welsh/PA Wire

Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall’s controversial undisputed super-lightweight title fight has been referred to the police in the UK by the Speaker of the House of Commons. 

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Catterall’s MP in Chorley, has revealed that he has written to both Dame Cressida Dick, the outgoing chief of the Metropolitan Police, and the British Boxing Board of Control.

Catterall delivered a formidable performance when the duo met late last month in Scotland, and looked odds-on to be crowned the winner.

However, when it was announced that Taylor had won a split decision - meaning he held on to his belts- it created widespread shock in the boxing world with numerous commentators calling into question the result.

It prompted the British Boxing Board of Control to launch an investigation, although general secretary Robert Smith has ruled out overturning the result even though he admitted he thought Catterall won.

Now, Sir Hoyle also revealed that government ministers are also looking into the result.

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“I have spoken to Nadine Dorries, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston - they are both looking into this,” Sir Hoyle said.

“I also believe that something seriously went on here – whether it was undue influence, one must question why?”

Last week, Smith told Sportsmail he had yet to see the Speaker’s letter.

“Obviously I’ll deal with it as I would do for any member of the public who wrote in,” he has been quoted as saying.

Hoyle said he wants the fight to be reviewed by independent judges and for their independent scoring to be show, “that would allow for a decision to be changed retrospectively”.

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Hoyle added: “Unless something is done about this, why would young people enter the sport? What is the point of training hard and playing by the rules, when something like this can happen?”

Last week, the boxing promotion organisation affiliated with mobster Daniel Kinahan issued a statement condemning the "death threats" and "personal attacks" aimed at Taylor and Catterall in the wake of the fight.

Boxer Josh Taylor’s manager also revealed that the fighter and his fiancée have been getting death threats since his draw with Catterall.

Jamie Moore wrote on Twitter that he had, “just been told that @JoshTaylorBoxer and his fiancée have been getting death threats and threats of violence.

“That’s outrageous,” he added. “Please leave them alone, it really isn’t their fault, they’re not to blame for the situation and they certainly don’t deserve to be treated like that.”

Taylor has also admitted that while he has thick skin to deal with the aftermath of his controversial win, the abuse his fiancée has been subjected to has got to him.

“I'm fine,” Taylor told the Edinburgh Evening News. “I can take the stick, but it’s the things Danielle has been getting.

“She has been getting hounded on her personal Instagram page with some really vile comments about her. They're disgusting.

“That's what hurts me more, people attacking my family. It's a boxing match at the end of the day. The judges are out of my control.

In the wake of the fight, mobster Kinahan also released a statement saying he had “nothing to hide” after his role in boxing was highlighted in the popular ‘Fight Disciples’ podcast.

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Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

Josh Taylor, left, celebrates winning his fight against Jack Catterall. Credit: Reuters/Lee Smith

The show’s hosts, Adam Catterall and Nick Peet, discussed Kinahan, who they referred to as “the elephant in the room”.

In a prepared statement attributed to Kinahan, who represents both fighters, he says: “Questions now being asked are necessary and timely and I wholeheartedly welcome them.

“Where unethical and corrupt practice exists it's important to expose it.

“I'm proud to represent Josh and Jack who are not only world class fighters but personal friends.

“I will answer any questions asked of me and it's incumbent on others, advisors, managers, promoters, trainers and fighters to do the same.”

Daniel Kinahan, named in the High Court as being in control of a drugs cartel, has become a major force in the world of boxing.

Kinahan has made a point of appearing in photos with well-known fighters - none of whom are involved in crime - in recent months in a bid to build an alternative reputation to that of a drugs cartel leader.

In recent years, MTK has repeatedly claimed Kinahan has stepped away from the company.

Last year, a witness statement heard at the High Court in London from MTK’s then CEO Sandra McClumpha who claimed the company’s ties to Kinahan were severed when she took charge three years ago.

Ms McClumpha won a court order against a Twitter user, known only as ‘Whistleblower’, who posted tweets about MTK and Kinahan.

She said: “A great number of the tweets published by the defendant are directed at Mr Kinahan directly, and to MTK by alleged association.

“Mr Kinahan has no interest in (or association with) MTK whatsoever.

“I deny unequivocally MTK’s association with any criminal enterprise.

“As CEO of MTK, I have never had to assist the police with any criminal enquiries, whether about an association with Mr Kinahan or otherwise.

“The business of MTK is commercial and entirely legitimate in every way possible.”

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