Boxing: Warrington edging closer to Elland Road world title bout with Selby

Josh Warrington with new sponsors Paul Adams, managing director of Palm Yorkshire and Tony Stead, operation manager of BWS Skip Hire and Waste Management.
Josh Warrington with new sponsors Paul Adams, managing director of Palm Yorkshire and Tony Stead, operation manager of BWS Skip Hire and Waste Management.
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LEEDS boxing champion Josh Warrington will fight within the next two months as an Elland Road world title bout against Lee Selby moves closer to fruition.

European, Commonwealth and WBC International Featherweight champion Warrington dreams of getting a world title shot at the home of Leeds United and has revealed he is potentially three fights away from making that happen.

Talks are already underway with Leeds United about staging a Selby v Warrington spectacular next summer, with the Yorkshireman now out to achieve his end of the bargain by defeating opponents in the IBF rankings’ top ten and making himself a mandatory challenger.

Welshman Selby will defend his IBF featherweight title against the former three-weight world champion Fernando Montiel in Arizona next Thursday, and Warrington has the current champion firmly in his sights for next summer.

Warrington told the YEP: “We were looking at going down a different road for a world title but now there’s so much interest in me fighting Selby that it’s all about putting ourselves in a mandatory position to fight for the title.

“We’ve got to start looking down the road of world title eliminators and final eliminators in IBF rankings so we’ll be looking at fighters in the top ten and I think that’s what it will be.

“It will be two or three more fights and then Elland Road.

“It all starts at the end of November/December in my quest to make myself mandatory for that title. It will be one more this year then maybe one to keep busy or a title eliminator, one more early next year and we’ll go from there.

“Before it was just rumours but now they are having meetings with Leeds United and things like that. Plans are really moving forward.

“He’s got to keep winning, I’ve got to keep winning and then hopefully we will see a world title showdown at Elland Road next summer.”

Warrington will help commentate on Selby’s bout next Thursday for Sky Sports and said: “It’s just a voluntary defence but he’ll want to impress over there so he’s going to bring his best. I can see him keeping hold of the title and I hope that he does because all roads lead to me and him being a big fight next year.”

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