Warrington Roars Past Speight and Keeps English Title

The Leeds Town Hall was rocking last night when local favourite (and R&R sponsored) Josh Warrington outworked and outpointed Devon’s Jamie Speight in the first defence of his English featherweight title.

Cheered on by over 500 boisterous fans, home favourite Warrington came into the ring after spine-tinglingly loud chants of Leeds United Football Club anthem “Marching on Together”, and his performance more than warranted the atmosphere that his ring entrance created.

Going into the contest, neither fighter had a knockout victory on their résumés, so the general consensus at ringside was that this was going to go the distance, and that proved to be the case in an entertaining fight that the champion bossed from the first bell.

After the outcome of the fight was announced, Josh promptly stole the microphone from the MC and thanked his fans for attending. It would appear that a career in public speaking is waiting for the 22 year-old when he retires from boxing and his day job. A dental practitioner by trade, Warrington has a bright future in a fairly open domestic featherweight division.

The word on the street is that British and Commonwealth king Lee Selby is rumoured to be moving on to bigger and better things, so shot at one of those titles isn’t unrealistic for the Leeds-based stylist.

“I want to put Leeds boxing back on the map,” said Warrington. “I hope those who came tonight enjoyed themselves and come again. I’m still learning with every fight and I made mistakes in there.”

Josh was asked if he would be ready for a shot at the British or Commonwealth title, should Lee Selby vacate either or both of those straps. “I’m English champion and I’d love to defend my title again here again soon, but if British title shot came up, I’d have to sit down with my team and discuss it.”

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