Leeds United Football Club’s Elland Road played host to a memorable night on Saturday as Lee Selby and Josh Warrington went head-to-head for the IBF world featherweight title.
Selby has been holding the belt for three years since winning it against Evgeny Gradovich in the summer of 2015, successfully defending it for four times util Saturday.
However, the Welsh star’s luck ran out this weekend as he succumbed to a split decision defeat against his Yorkshire rival with the judges scoring the bout 116-112, 115-113, 113-115.
Warrington went into the fight as the underdog among experts, boxing fans and bookmakers, who instead favoured Selby to register the 27th victory of his pro career.
The 27th win came, but at the opposite corner of the ring to Warrington.
The 27-year-old secured his 27th career victory in as many fights and became the first boxer from Leeds to hold a world title.
The duo battled their way to 12 impressive rounds of boxing, with Warrington showcasing his remarkable spirit and courage throughout the entirety of the contest.
The challenger went on the offensive right from the start, catching the champion by surprise as two brilliant left hooks and a right hand left Selby bewildered.
Selby sustained cuts above both eyes in the first six rounds but continued to rally and take the fight all the way.
Warrington went on his knees as the decision was read out and he rightly deserved the title after the gruelling action inside the ring.
The aftermath of the slugfest, however, made for another shock of sorts.
Referee Mike Alexander officiated the match and at its conclusion, the state of his shirt proved what a sensational fight it was.
Warrington now aims to set up a date with WBO champ Carl Frampton and later disclosed he would discuss with promoter Frank Warren before coming to a conclusion.
For the time being, the Brit will be devoting his time to his family while eyeing his next bout around the latter part of 2018.