By Frank Warren
WE NOW HAVE another big night in Leeds to look forward to following the opening of purse bids for the IBF world featherweight title defence between the champion Josh Warrington and his mandatory challenger Kid Galahad.
We are happy that our bid to stage the occasion came out on top and it was a case of us backing our man to build on the incredible success he created in 2018 with his memorable wins over Lee Selby and Carl Frampton.
It is no secret that Josh’s preference would have been to head straight into a unification battle with one of the other champions, but a mandatory obligation presented itself and it is important for Josh to maintain his status as a world champion.
We are in the process of firming up the details for the fight with regard to date and location, but it will obviously take place in Leeds and it is a magnificent opportunity for Josh’s legion of local supporters to once again see him in action on home turf in a Leeds-Sheffield derby encounter.
While it is not the unification Josh craves – which will come soon enough – a fight with Galahad will present an intriguing clash of styles and characters. They are both unbeaten (28-0 Josh and 26-0 Galahad) and if Josh manages to repeat the success he enjoyed over Galahad in their amateur days he will well and truly have conquered the domestic scene following his Selby and Frampton heroics last year.
It will be great to return to Leeds for another special night, which will again provide a showcase for other local fighters, and the event information will be posted very soon.
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