Leeds Alumni’s World Title

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Former University of Leeds student, Josh Warrington, who graduated in 2013 with a diploma in dentistry, has now extended his unbeaten record to 30 wins, with this his 7th by knockout.

This is his third defence of his IBF featherweight title, following successive decision defences against Kid Galahad and Northern Irish legend and former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton. Warrington first secured the title in 2018 by defeating Lee Selby at Elland Road, the home of his beloved Leeds United.

After whipping the crowd into a frenzy by entering the ring to Leeds United tunes and the Kaiser Chiefs, accompanied by midfielder Pablo Hernandez, Warrington dominated the fight from the outset.

His opponent, France’s Sofiane Takoucht, was relatively unknown coming into this fight but had an impressive record of 35 wins, 13 by knockout, and four decision losses. However, he was no match for Warrington’s lighting fast hand speed and accuracy, as he was dropped to the canvas twice in thesecond round.
Following another ruthless assault by Warrington, which saw Takoucht take several unanswered hooks to the head, the referee stopped the match and awarded the Leeds fighter a win by technical knockout, and delivered the Frenchman his first loss by knockout.

Addressing his fans, Warrington admitted “I took my frustration in not getting a unification bout on him.” Warrington has made it clear that he is angry he has not been given another title shot in the United States against some of the featherweight divisions other world champions, in the hopes of
unifying the division.