Leeds United rival team backdrop with date set for fresh Josh Warrington world title fight

Josh Warrington has been given the green light for a fresh world title fight with the opportunity to claim a new crown as two cities collide.
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Warrington lost his IBF featherweight world title when defeated by Mexico’s Luis Alberto Lopez at First Direct Arena in December and the Leeds warrior has not fought since. Warrington, though, will return to the ring on Saturday, October 7 and fight Nottingham’s Leigh Wood for the WBA World Featherweight title at Utilita Arena in Sheffield.

Wood, 34, is a huge Forest fan and promoter Eddie Hearn Tweeted: “IT’S ON!!! Nottingham v Leeds in Sheffield for the World!”

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Through its championships committee, the WBA approved a special permit requested by Matchroom Boxing for featherweight champion Wood to fight Warrington despite Wood having a mandatory challenger in Othabek Kholmatov.

Wood regained the WBA featherweight bely when defeating Mauricio Lara in May but the champion’s team requested special permission from the WBA to make an optional fight against Warrington. After a review of the case and under various internal rules, the body decided to approve the fight on the condition that the winner, or Wood in case of a draw, will fight Kholmatov no later than 120 days after the bout.