Jack Catterall's trainer, Jamie Moore, described Josh Taylor's controversial split decision win over the Englishman to keep the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO light-welterweight belts in Scotland as 'disgusting'.

The Chorley fighter put the champion down in the eighth round and looked to have got the better of the Scot over 12 rounds which kept referee Marcus McDonnell busy.

Both fighters had points deducted late in the contest, but as the bell went to signal the end of round 12, Catterall and his trainer, and much of the sell-out crowd at the OVO Hydro, in Glasgow had the Englishman winning.

There was surprise in the arena, and condemnation among fans and pundits, as two judges scored the fight 114-111 and 113-112 to the 31-year-old champion Taylor, with one siding with Catterall by 113-12.

Catterall stormed out of the ring in disgust, leaving trainer Moore to address the disappointment at the decision, with his man having dominated, particularly early on.

"He stepped aside on the promise that he would get the opportunity, he gets the opportunity and he performs like that, beats the champion in his own backyard, and gets absolutely robbed,” Moore told Sky Sports.

"So think about the message it sends to people? My son is 16 and getting into boxing.

"He'll be looking at that and thinking why should I get into boxing?

"The moment you work for, for all your life, to get crowned a world champion after a performance like that, is snatched away from you. It's disgusting.

"Jack is absolutely heartbroken."

Taylor’s trainer, Ben Davidson, had told his man he needed a knockout in the final round to win.

Despite that, Taylor felt he had done enough to keep hold of his four world title belts.

There is no rematch clause due to Catterall’s mandatory status, with Taylor considering moving up in weight, to the 147lb division, feeling no need to run the fight back.

Asked if he felt he had won the fight, the Scot said: "100 per cent. I started slow as I tried to get my timing. I caught him with the bigger shots .

"He tried to spoil, he leaned in a lot and there was a clash of heads.

"I'm not going to lie, he caught me with a couple of good shots as well.

"It wasn't my best performance. I put a hell of a lot of pressure on myself this week with the homecoming and my first fight here in three years.

"There was a lot of pressure as the big favourite. But I believe I started catching him with bigger shots.

"It wasn't my best but I thought I got the win, 100 per cent. "