Unbeaten Lancastrian Jack Catterall has welcomed his elevation to No. 1 contender with the WBO and is determined to become a world champion in 2019.
‘El Gato’ (23-0-KO12) enjoyed a quartet of victories in 2018 and retained his WBO Intercontinental super-lightweight crown; keeping world champion Maurice Hooker firmly in his sights in the process.
Catterall said: “I’m right in the mix now. I’ve been put in as No. 1 challenger and my name is in the top 10 in the world.
“I’d have been daft to take my eye off the ball over Christmas so I just spent time with my family and switched off from boxing. I know I’ve got a busy year ahead of me so it was nice to relax a bit.
“I’ve been training. I’m not daft. I had four fights and back-to-back camps last year. It’s a lot on the body so I just did a few circuits and a few runs – nothing too strenuous.
“Last year was very good for me but this year will see me in even bigger fights. I’ve done everything necessary and I’m confident that I’ll get my shot at some point this year.”
Catterall, who kicked off last year with wins over Kevin McCauley, Christopher Sebire and Tyrone McKenna, was last in action in October when he outpointed Ohara Davies in Leicester.