Lee Selby and Josh Warrington produced an enticing and engaging contest for the IBF world featherweight title at Leeds United Football Club's Elland Road on Saturday night.
After 12 rounds between the duo, Warrington stunned Selby with a split decision victory as the judges scored the fight 116-112, 115-113, 113-115, thereby handing the English boxer the featherweight belt.
The Yorkshireman came into the fight as the underdog with bookmakers favouring Selby to retain his title he's had in his grasp since 2015.
The win makes it 27 in as many fights for Warrington as he made history by becoming the first boxer from Leeds to win a world title.
It was a performance of a lifetime from the Brit as he went on the offensive right from the start. Selby suffered cuts above both eyes by accidental head clashes inside the first six rounds but remained relentless until the end.
Despite having strong defensive skills, the Welsh star failed to put up a challenge against Warrington’s indomitable spirit and energy.
This was his first defeat in nine years and the second overall in his professional career.
WBO featherweight champion Carl Frampton was present at ringside to witness the action and gave his take during the aftermath of the contest.
The Irishman insisted that Warrington rightly deserves to beat Selby and win the title.
“I don't think there was anything that was going to deny him tonight," he said.
“There were so many mistakes from such an experienced fight like Lee Selby.”
He was highly critical of the approach taken by the Welsh boxer, which played into Warrington's hands.
Check out everything he had to say in the video below.
Warrington now could be set for a Belfast duel against Frampton himself, and the latter spoke of a possible showdown with utmost positivity.
Frampton told BBC Radio 5 live, as per BBC Sport: “I would love to fight Josh Warrington. I would love him to come to Belfast and fight me.
“It was a fantastic performance. My next fight will be in Belfast, that's all I know.”
The new world featherweight champion Warrington, however, asserted he would devote time to family before taking any decision for the future.
The 27-year-old said: “I can't put it into words, I've worked hard over the last 18 weeks and during that time I've had two baby girls born. I'm overcome with emotion, it was sheer grit, and the crowd got me through this.
“I don't mind going anywhere. I've been a fan of Carl's and two weeks ago I said I would beat Lee Selby and go to Windsor Park. We will sit down with Frank Warren and get the fight sorted.
“But I prefer the end of the year as I need some time to be a dad and let this sink in.”
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