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Warrington: Xu Fight Will Be More Exciting Than Stevenson, Russell

IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington expects a full blown war when he collides in the ring with WBA "regular" champion Xu Can.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there is no set date for the fight.

The two sides have reached an agreement on the terms, with the contest taking place at Emerald Headingley Stadium this summer - if events in the UK are allowed to move forward by then.

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Warrington has raised his status in the sport since winning the IBF belt from Lee Selby in May 2018. Since then he's defeated the likes of Carl Frampton and Kid Galahad among others.

His next fight was on the verge of being announced, when the pandemic broke out. The British Boxing Board of Control have canceled all UK events until the end of April.

Warrington feels the contest against Can will be more exciting than battles against WBO champion Shakur Stevenson or WBC champ Gary Russell Jr.

“It will be a barnstormer,” said Warrington to the Yorkshire Post.

“When you look at the other champions in the division, Gary Russell and Shakour Stevenson, you know the build up is going to be entertaining. But is the fight going to be entertaining because, Shakur Stevenson likes to move on the backfoot and Gary Russell is known for his speed but doesn’t work too much. He chooses when he wants to do his work.

“But with Can Xu, you know as soon as that first bell goes, he is running to the centre of the ring and going hell for leather and obviously I like to do that as well.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by tokon on 03-27-2020

[QUOTE=factsarenice;20481686]Stevenson and especially Russell will eat Warrington up.[/QUOTE] Which is exactly why Hearn is making this fight with a secondary belt holder, let's not pretend this is a real unification.

Comment by BigZ44 on 03-26-2020

[QUOTE=Phill lynott;20481674]Not much about China I like nowadays. But I do like this Xu Can. He will teach the division something and JW is first among title holders to learn that lesson. As for a GRJ VS SHAKIRA matchup, I…

Comment by Citizen Koba on 03-26-2020

:lol1: Can't really argue with Josh here. Not at all convinced he'd beat Stevenson - though Josh has made a real habit of upsetting the odds and I think his relentlessness might unnerve young Shakur - and I'm pretty sure…

Comment by Phill lynott on 03-26-2020

Couldnt think of a more action packed matchup. Unless it's a Berchelt vs Valdez or something along those lines. Unfortunately thats all we can do is imagine it right now. Still a lot to look forward to.

Comment by Ray* on 03-26-2020

This is going to be an amazing fight, inside fighting, punches been thrown in bunches. If Can comes to throw then this fight can be a potential brilliant fight for the fans.

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