By Frank Warren
WHILE TYSON FURY WAS taking over Vegas, back at home Josh Warrington returned to his regular haunt of the FD Arena in Leeds for the first time as a world champion to make his mandatory defence against Kid Galahad.
Unfortunately, this one was never likely to be pretty because it takes two to make a fight.
The approach of Galahad is not how you go about winning a world title. Throwing a single punch and then holding. That isn’t great defensive work, as some people have suggested, and the referee should have docked a point and stopped the negativity in its tracks.
It needed the referee to be strong and protect the fans and viewers from the tedium they were forced to endure.
I heard that Josh’s dad Sean said afterwards that he now knows why Ricky Hatton didn’t fight Junior Witter. Funnily enough, I was thinking much the same thing myself having tuned in over in Vegas.
I don’t want to bite the hand that feeds us and showcases our fighters so superbly, but I do have to say that, as far as I’m concerned, the commentary team didn’t read the fight well. The constant fawning over the occasional shot thrown by Galahad was a bit over the top and didn’t paint an accurate picture of the fight at all.
That being said, I must say congratulations to Josh and also to Zelfa Barrett and JJ Metcalf for their Commonwealth title success. There are big fights ahead for both of them too, while I am sure that Lyon Woodstock will come again because he is one gutsy character who will always be in good fights.
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