Josh Warrington Wants Leo Santa Cruz Showdown in U.S.

Josh Warrington retained his IBF featherweight title with a tight win over Kid Galahad in Leeds on Saturday.

Warrington remained undefeated and improved to 29-0 but only just, recording a narrow split-decision victory at First Direct Arena.

The 28-year-old was awarded the win 116-112 and 116-113 by two judges, while the third scored it 115-113 in Galahad's favor.

"I think I did enough to nick it in the last two rounds because it was nip and tuck but you cannot win a title by hitting pot shots," Warrington said, via the BBC.

"They are not going to all be pretty and I'm glad I got through it, so hopefully there is a unification fight next."

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Warrington says he now wants a unification to face WBA world champion Leo Santa Cruz in the United States.

He's not overly interested in a rematch with Kid Galahad, he wants to face the boxer he regards as the top dog at 126 - Santa Cruz.

"Do you hang about and let the chance to go to the States and test yourself against world champions slip?" Warrington said. "I don't want to miss the opportunity, I want to keep the momentum rolling. It's not that I want to avoid a Kid Galahad [rematch], it's that I want to go and test myself against the very best, and I thought I deserved that right after I beat Lee Selby to become world champion.

"I could have said 'give me a steady defence'. I'd have been well within my rights and no-one would have argued, but I went straight into the fight with Carl Frampton and beat him. I've said that I would love to give Carl a rematch, if he wins a world title, because we had such a good, entertaining fight before. But it's not about that, I want to keep climbing the ladder.

"You've got to aim for the top of the tree and I'm hungry to do that. Santa Cruz has the biggest profile and is ranked number one. If you beat him you're the main man of the division so that's the one."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ricky12 on 06-20-2019

Will be a great fight.I fancy Santa Cruz though.Feel he is more rounded than Warrington?

Comment by Crying Brandon on 06-20-2019

[QUOTE=Phill lynott;19844498]If Carl Frampton lays an egg in his next fight we'll see Warrington [B]matchedup against Valdez. That would be a bigger fight than LSC[/B]. However after being exposed to a skilled boxer, I'm sure many more oppertunities are knocking…

Comment by Phill lynott on 06-20-2019

Actually I don't see him beating anyone of the 3 other belt holders. I like Warrington and I admit I had him losing last week by 2 rounds.

Comment by Phill lynott on 06-20-2019

If Carl Frampton lays an egg in his next fight we'll see Warrington matchedup against Valdez. That would be a bigger fight than LSC. However after being exposed to a skilled boxer, I'm sure many more oppertunities are knocking on…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-20-2019

intriguing fight this would be

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