Undefeated IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington has [ended his relationship with British promoter Frank Warren and] signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Warrington's future fights will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN elsewhere. “It’s great to be back with Matchroom, Sky and now DAZN and I’m very excited about the future,” said Warrington [who is rated #3 in the world by Boxingtalk]. “I have enjoyed my time at BT but now I’m looking forward to going on to achieve my dreams of both fighting in the USA and unifying the division.”
“I’m ecstatic to welcome Josh Warrington back to Matchroom,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We had some amazing times helping to build Josh in Leeds and now we re-unite at a time when he is the king of the division.
“Josh has some of the most loyal and passionate supporters in sport and we look forward to delivering nights they will never forget. There is so much more for Josh to accomplish and today starts a new chapter in the thrilling Josh Warrington story.”
Leeds, England’s first ever male champion upset the odds to wrestle the IBF crown from Lee Selby in May 2018. Despite producing a career-best performance against Selby, Warrington went for a tough fight in his first defense, and defeated Irish legend and two-weight champion Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena in December 2019. Warrington retained his IBF title in an exciting fight vs. Frampton that he won via unanimous decision.
A close battle against Kid Galahad followed at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, with Warrington edging out his Sheffield rival via a controversial split decision that had many in the boxing world divided. He then went on to defend his title with a second-round demolition of Sofiane Takoucht in October and now has his heart set on fighting in the USA and unifying the featherweight division.