Josh Warrington to face Kid Galahad in defence of IBF world featherweight title

Josh Warrington & Carl Frampton
Josh Warrington extended his unbeaten record that now spans 28 fights with a unanimous points win over Carl Frampton

Josh Warrington is set to defend his IBF world featherweight title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad.

Warrington, 28, was considering giving up his title to pursue fights in the United States but looks set to defend on home soil after promoter Frank Warren won a purse bid for the bout.

The Leeds fighter had been linked with a unification bout against one of the division's other belt holders but will instead fight Sheffield's Galahad.

A date or venue is yet to be confirmed.

Warrington successfully defended his title against Northern Ireland's Carl Frampton in December in one of the fights of 2018 which extended his unbeaten record to 28 wins from 28 fights.

Promoter Warren described the bout as "the best I have ever seen" and it followed another impressive victory over Lee Selby - who has been sparring with Galahad - earlier in 2018 that saw Warrington gain the world title.

Galahad, 28, is also unbeaten in 26 fights and earned his place as the mandatory challenger by beating Toka Kahn Clary in October.

Galahad, who was born in Qatar but moved to the UK as a child, was given a two-year doping ban in 2016 which was later cut by six months.

Analysis

Luke Reddy, BBC Sport

Warrington has drawn comparisons to former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton due to the passionate support he receives from his home city.

He had made no secret of his desire to follow in Hatton's footsteps by taking fans to Las Vegas for fights with stellar names in the division.

In January he tweeted Galahad, stating his fans wanted to "pack their suitcases" but added: "If we have to postpone to chin you then so be it."

Leeds' First Direct Arena may well be sought for a homecoming but it seems overseas trips are on hold.

Warrington was unquestionably the British fighter of 2018 and now Galahad gets his shot at a title and an upset.

Interestingly, he has been sparring Selby, a man well poised to offer the inside track on Warrington having suffered such a convincing defeat at his hands.

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