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Warrington keen on unification bout

7th August 2019, 19:11 by Dan McCarthy

Josh Warrington admits he is disappointed to have been snubbed for a potential featherweight unification bout.

After defeating Kid Galahad to extend his undefeated record to 29 fights, the Leeds-born fighter was hoping to go stateside for his next bout and add the IBF belt.

However, WBO champion Oscar Valdez has made the decision to move up to super-featherweight while WBA and WBC belt-holders, Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr respectively, have both appeared to rule out any fight.

Warrington admits he disappointed and has accused his rivals of ducking out of the battle, with a fight against French challenger Sofiane Takoucht now lined up for October.

"I said we'd potentially be looking at a unification fight, I felt there was nowhere else for us to go but it's not worked out like that. That's no fault of our own," he said.

"The other champions out there don't seem to want it and it's proving very difficult to try to make a unification fight.

"A few of the lads were saying they had their passports ready, putting their savings away and getting ready for a trip to the States. (Promoter) Frank (Warren) and my team tried everything to make it happen.

"I'm just desperate for that unification fight, I want it so bad. I'd be satisfied just to have that one fight against any of the other champions, win another title and call myself unified champion."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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