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Josh Warrington: Lee Selby Refused To See Me After The Fight

After becoming Leeds' first ever World Champion, Josh Warrington admits that he is "still on cloud nine".

On May 19th, the unbeaten Featherweight dethroned Lee Selby after 12 tantalising rounds at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United.

Speaking on the BoxNation Podcast about the victory, Warrington explained that he has hardly slept since Saturday because he is still ecstatic.

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"When you've had a massive build-up, a massive rivalry going on for two years or so between me and Lee, when this fight's been talked about, the run up to the fight with the media, traning and everything else...it's all come to a good end on Saturday night.

"It's going to be hard to come down from all that," added the Leeds Warrior, who moved to 27-0 with the split decision win.

There was a fiery undercurrent between the British rivals before the fight and despite showing respect for each other at the final bell, Warrington revealed that he was not allowed into Selby's dressing room later that night.

"No, a little bit disappointed with that to be honest with you. He said prior, in press conferences and the build-up, if he were to lose he'd be a proud man and he'd take it on the chin. I believed him, and thought he really would [take it on the chin].

"We had a brief word after the fight, literally in the ring when the decision was announced. I said 'good fight, I always respected you'. I hoped to see him afterwards in the dressing room but when I asked to go in, he didn't want to see me."

On the bout itself, Warrington believes Selby's team were expecting a more aggressive, rugged gameplan from the challenger. Instead, Warrington applied educated pressure across the 12 rounds.

"I think initially he probably expected me to run straight in like a bull in a China shop, but I think I was a bit more educated. I had a solid defence and I changed my angles. I kept my distance a little bit. Sometimes I think he expected me to not have that distance from him," he added.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-24-2018

I don't blame him, he just lost his title - this isn't unusual behaviour.

Comment by Scipio2009 on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;18798144]True but I think a stronger ref might have stopped the fouling early and the whole fight would be different.[/QUOTE] You remove the fouling and Selby, even struggling at the weight, likely wins the fight wide.

Comment by Chrismart on 05-23-2018

I'm not going to lie, I did enjoy seeing Selby and his team brought down a peg or two. Warrington's fans went over the top a bit at times in the build up though. Maybe that left a sour taste.

Comment by GlassJoey on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18797629]... The result was a split decision by one point; with all of the fouls, you move a single point and Selby is still champion.[/QUOTE] True but I think a stronger ref might have stopped the fouling early and the…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;18797000]THe ref gave him at least 6 non-warnings for rabbit punches without a hint that he’d deduct a point. One of them nearly dropped Selby too. Ref was probably scared of the crowd but I think the result would have…

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