Josh Warrington

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Josh Warrington
Statistics
Nickname(s) The (Leeds) Warrior
Weight(s) Featherweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Reach 67 in (170 cm)[1]
Nationality British
Born (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 27)
Leeds, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 27
Wins 27
Wins by KO 6
Losses 0

Josh Warrington (born 14 November 1990) is a British professional boxer who has held the IBF featherweight title since May 2018.[2] He has previously held the WBC International, European, Commonwealth, British, and English featherweight titles.[3][4][5][6]

Warrington is ranked as the second best featherweight in the UK and the sixth best featherweight in the world by BoxRec as of May 2018.[7]

Josh graduated from the University of Leeds in 2013.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Warrington turned professional in 2009 and won on his professional debut against Wolverhampton's Delroy Spencer (11-89-3) in October before defeating Latvia's Pavels Senkovs (2-10-2), winning both four-round contests by 40-36 points decision.

In 2010, Warrington won all of his three fights, defeating Danny McDermid (0-1), John Riley (0-0) and Youssef Al Hamidi (7-27-2), winning all of his four-round contests by points decision.

By the end of 2011, Warrington maintained his undefeated record with wins over Steve Gethin (11-56-3), Chris Riley (3-3-2), Marc Callaghan (19-21-1), Dougie Curran (5-8-1) and Ian Bailey (7-8), all by points decision.

In the first half of 2012, Warrington defeated Dan Naylor (1-8) and Ibrar Riyaz (4-34-1) by points decision.

In November, Warrington won his first professional title after he defeated the previously unbeaten Dudley-born prospect Chris Male (11-0) by unanimous decision in a ten-round contest to win the vacant English featherweight title. The fight took place at the Venue in Dudley on November 9th.

Jamie Speight[edit]

On 22 March, Warrington made the first defence of his English featherweight title against former Southern Area super featherweight champion Jamie Speight (11-4). He won by unanimous decision over 10 rounds (scorecards of 100-91, 100-91, 100-90) when headlining a show at the Town Hall in Leeds.[8][9]

Ian Bailey[edit]

On 27 September, Warrington made the second defence of his English featherweight title after he defeated Southern Area featherweight champion Ian Bailey (9-14) by unanimous decision over 10 rounds.[10][11] The scorecards read 100-91, 98-92, 100-90 in Warrington's favour. The fight took place at the Banqueting Suite at the Elland Road Stadium in Leeds.

Samir Mouneimne[edit]

On 2 November, Warrington won the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title after he defeated the previously undefeated Hull-born prospect Samir Mouneimne by 12th-round stoppage in a 12-round contest.[12] The fight took place at the Ice Arena in Hull and was Warrington's first fight on a Matchroom Boxing show.

2014[edit]

Rendall Munroe[edit]

In early April, it was announced that Warrington would make the first defence of his Commonwealth featherweight title against former super bantamweight world title challenger Rendall Munroe (28-4-1) on 19 April. The fight would take place at the Manchester Arena on the undercard to Scott Quigg vs Tshifhiwa Munyai.[13]

Warrington won by seventh-round corner retirement in the 12-round contest after Munroe suffered damage to his mouth.[14][15] Later that month, Munroe announced his retirement from boxing.

Martin Lindsay[edit]

On 28 April, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington would make the second defence of his Commonwealth featherweight title and fight for the vacant British featherweight title against former British champion Martin Lindsay (21-2) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 21 May.[16]

Warrington won by unanimous decision over 12 rounds with all three judges producing scorecards of 119-110.[17]

Five-fight Matchroom deal

On 27 August, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington had signed a five-fight deal with the promotional company.[18] Speaking of the deal, Warrington said: "It’s great to have signed the deal so that I know that there’s going to be more big nights in Leeds in the next year."

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "Josh is the biggest ticket seller in the country right now, and we have an opportunity to do something very big in Leeds. We dipped our toe in the water in May and now we’re diving in headfirst. It’s a huge opportunity for Josh and I think we could see one of the most memorable atmosphere in a British arena for some time."

Davide Dieli[edit]

On 4 October, Warrington won the vacant EBU European featherweight title after he defeated Italy's Davide Dieli (15-3) by fourth-round stoppage in a 12-round contest.[19][20] The fight took place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

2015[edit]

Edwin Tellez[edit]

On 15 December, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington would fight on the undercard to Arthur Abraham vs Paul Smith in Berlin on 21 February, his first fight of the year.[21]

Later it was confirmed that Warrington would fight Nicaragua's Edwin Tellez (9-11-5) in an eight-round contest.

Prior to the fight, Warrington told theYorkshire Evening Post: "Even though he's not got an excellent record, he's a fighter that I cannot take lightly."[22]

Warrington won by fifth-round stoppage[23][24]

Dennis Tubieron[edit]

On 7 January, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington would fight Philippines' Dennis Tubieron (19-3-2) in a WBC world title eliminator and for the vacant WBC International featherweight title.[25] The fight would headline a show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 11 April.

Warrington was accompanied by former Leeds United footballer Vinnie Jones during his ringwalk.[26]

Warrington won by unanimous decision over 12 rounds, with all three judges producing scorecards of 119-109 in his favour.[27][28]

After the fight, he admitted that he wasn't at his best, telling SkySports: "Looking back, I don’t think it was my best performance, but it’s all about learning. Maybe if I’d listened to my instructions a little bit more, I’d have got him out of there, but it’s all about experience. I can take so much from that fight."[29]

Later that month, Warrington vacated his EBU European featherweight title after suffering a slight injury.[30]

Joel Brunker[edit]

On 22 June, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington would defend his WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles against Australia's Joel Brunker (28-1) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 5 September.[31]

Warrington won by unanimous decision over 12 rounds, with all three judges producing scorecards of 120-108 in his favour.[32]

2016[edit]

Hisashi Amagasa[edit]

On 15 February, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington would make the second defence of his WBC International featherweight title against Japan's Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2), a former world title challenger at super bantamweight.[33] The fight would take headline the show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 16 April.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said of the fight: "Josh is hunting a summer clash with IBF champion Lee Selby, so he cannot afford any slip-ups against Japanese banger Amagasa."

Warrington won by unanimous decision over 12 rounds, with the scorecards reading 117-111, 118-111 and 120-107 in his favour.[34]

Patrick Hyland[edit]

On 14 June, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington would make the third defence of his WBC International featherweight title against Patrick Hyland (31-2), headlining a show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 30 July.[35]

The WBC International featherweight title wasn't on the line for Hyland as he came in 2lbs and 6oz over weight at the weigh-in.[36]

Warrington won by ninth-round technical knockout after he knocked Hyland down once in round 8 and again round 9.[37][38]

Leaving Matchroom and joining Frank Warren[edit]

On 2 December 2016, Matchroom Boxing announced that Warrington's promotional contract with them had expired. Warrington's promoter and Matchroom managing director Eddie Hearn said in a statement "we did not share the same plans as his team and decided not to make any further offers."[39]

After much speculation, Warrington officially signed for rival British promoter Frank Warren in a "long-term promotional deal" later in December.[40] Warren said he was confident of delivering a first world title shot for Warrington as well as a number of shows in Leeds in 2017.[41][42]

2017[edit]

Kiko Martinez[edit]

In February, Warren announced that Warrington would be making his return to the ring on 13 May at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.[43] It was initially announced that Warrington would fight WBO Inter-Continental champion Marco McCullough. However, it was since announced that Warrington would not fight McCullough and would instead fight former IBF super-bantamweight world champion Kiko Martinez (36-7-1).[44]

Warrington defeated Martinez by a majority decision over 12 rounds, with scorecards of 116-112 (twice) and 114-114, in the third defence of his WBC International title.[45][46]

Dennis Ceylan[edit]

In August, it was announced that Warrington would fight the undefeated EBU European champion Dennis Ceylan (18-0-2) in an IBF world title final eliminator, to the title held by champion Lee Selby, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 21 October.

Commenting on the fight, Warrington said: "With Selby not taking a fight with me, it’s left me annoyed and even more hungry to produce a massive performance on October 21."

Warrington defeated Ceylan by tenth-round technical knockout after twice knocking down Ceylan in the same round.[47][48]

Speaking of Lee Selby, Warrington told BT Sport in his post-fight interview that: "I want to get the Welshman up here. If we can make it at Elland Road, let's have it. I've waited so long and now I'm there."

2018[edit]

Lee Selby[edit]

On 23 January, it was confirmed that Warrington would fight IBF world champion Lee Selby (26-1) in his first world title fight on 19 May.[49] On January 30th, Elland Road Stadium, the home of Leeds United was confirmed as the venue for the fight.[50]

Warrington commented on the fight: "By winning this fight, not only do I get my hands on a world title, but it’s a chance to show everyone that I’m the best featherweight in the UK and propel myself onto the world level." Warrington was accompanied to the ring by ex Leeds United player Lucas Radebe whilst band Kaiser Chiefs performed live.[51]

Josh Warrington secured a split-decision victory over Selby by thoroughly outworking him for the majority of the twelve rounds to claim the title, and hand Selby his second career loss.[52]

Team[edit]

Warrington's promoter is Frank Warren, of Queensbury Promotions, having previously been signed to Eddie Hearn, of Matchroom Boxing.[53]

He is trained by his father Sean O'Hagan.

He is managed by Steve Wood, from VIP Boxing, who also manage former WBO lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan.

Personal life[edit]

Warrington's former profession was as a dental technician. He is a supporter of local sports teams Leeds United[54] and Leeds Rhinos.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
27 fights 27 wins 0 losses
By knockout 6 0
By decision 21 0
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Win 27–0 United Kingdom Lee Selby SD 12 2018-05-19 United Kingdom Elland Road, Leeds, Yorkshire Won IBF featherweight title
Win 26–0 Denmark Dennis Ceylan TKO 10 (12), 1:43 2017-10-21 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire IBF featherweight title final eliminator
Win 25–0 Spain Kiko Martínez MD 12 2017-05-13 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained WBC International featherweight title
Win 24–0 Republic of Ireland Patrick Hyland TKO 9 (12), 0:45 2016-07-30 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained WBC International featherweight title
Win 23–0 Japan Hisashi Amagasa UD 12 2016-04-16 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained WBC International featherweight title
Win 22–0 Australia Joel Brunker UD 12 2015-09-05 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained Commonwealth and WBC International featherweight titles
Win 21–0 Philippines Dennis Tubieron UD 12 2015-04-11 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Won vacant WBC International featherweight title
Win 20–0 Nicaragua Edwin Tellez TKO 5 (8), 1:51 2015-02-21 Germany O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Win 19–0 Italy Davide Dieli TKO 4 (12), 1:42 2014-10-04 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Won vacant European featherweight title
Win 18–0 United Kingdom Martin Lindsay UD 12 2014-05-21 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained Commonwealth Featherweight title
Won vacant British featherweight title
Win 17–0 United Kingdom Rendall Munroe RTD 7 (12), 3:00 2014-04-19 United Kingdom Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester Retained Commonwealth featherweight title
Win 16–0 United Kingdom Samir Mouneimne TKO 12 (12), 1:27 2013-11-02 United Kingdom Hull Arena, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire Won vacant Commonwealth featherweight title
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Ian Bailey UD 10 2013-09-27 United Kingdom Elland Road, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained English Featherweight title
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Jamie Speight UD 10 2013-03-22 United Kingdom Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire Retained English Featherweight title
Win 13–0 United Kingdom Chris Male UD 10 2012-11-09 United Kingdom The Venue, Dudley, West Midlands Won vacant English Featherweight title
Win 12–0 United Kingdom Ibrar Riyaz PTS 4 2012-06-02 United Kingdom Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Win 11–0 United Kingdom Dan Naylor PTS 6 2012-03-03 United Kingdom Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Ian Bailey PTS 4 2011-12-18 United Kingdom De Vere Whites Hotel, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Dougie Curran PTS 6 2011-10-22 United Kingdom Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Marc Callaghan PTS 6 2011-04-28 United Kingdom Hull City Hall, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Chris Riley PTS 6 2011-04-09 United Kingdom Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Steve Gethin PTS 4 2011-01-22 United Kingdom The Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Win 5–0 Syria Youssef al-Hamidi PTS 4 2010-10-02 United Kingdom Elland Road, Leeds, Yorkshire
Win 4–0 United Kingdom John Riley PTS 4 2010-05-28 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Danny McDermid PTS 4 2010-03-05 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Win 2–0 Latvia Pavels Senkovs PTS 4 2009-12-20 United Kingdom Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Delroy Spencer PTS 4 2009-10-31 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Huddersfield, Yorkshire Professional debut.

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