Controversy over Josh Taylor verdict reaches the House of Commons

The Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle has branded Josh Taylor’s controversial split-decision win over Jack Catterall a “disgraceful decision”.

The 64-year-old says he intends to speak to the Sports Minister about the verdict in the coming days. However, what his intentions are or what he hopes to gain, remains unclear at this stage.

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There has been an outpouring of support for Catterall over the last 36 hours with thousands taking to social media to vent their anger at the judges' decision to award Prestonpans puncher Taylor, right, with his 19th consecutive victory as a professional boxer.

Josh Taylor retained his unified light welterweight title on a split decision against Jack Catterall at the OVO Hydro, but nearly every pundit thought Catterall was the clear winner
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Controversy over Josh Taylor verdict reaches the House of Commons

The 31-year-old Scot successfully defended all four belts at super lightweight in controversial fashion, but maintains he did enough to win the contest.

Taylor also revealed his next fight will be at welterweight having admitted it is becoming increasingly harder to come in on the scales at no more than 140lbs.

Meanwhile, bookmakers Paddy Power have revealed they will refund stakes in cash for those who elected to stick money on underdog Catterall to prevail in the bout.

The Irish bookies said on their Twitter and Facebook pages: "We agree with social media. Taylor vs Catterall was an absolute robbery, so we're refunding stakes as cash on Catterall to win in the match betting market. (It'll take a while so please be patient!) #JUSTICEREFUND.”

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