Josh Warrington: No Regrets
Winning a world title should be the pinnacle in boxing, but with so many governing bodies in the sport that achievement is now somewhat watered down.
Laying partial claim to being a world champion is enough for some boxers, and while it is still a considerable achievement, there are some who want more.
Josh Warrington is one such fighter, holding the IBF featherweight title doesn’t seem to be enough for him. On the back of his fights with Lee Selby and Carl Frampton, Warrington would have been forgiven if he would have said, “enough for now” but those wins didn’t satisfy him.
Warrington had to go through his mandatory with Kid Galahad earlier this year. As a spectacle it left a lot to be desired, Warrington wasn’t at his best, but he prevailed by way of decision, albeit with one judge seeing it in favour of the Sheffield fighter.
Sofiane Takoucht isn’t what Warrington wanted, but on Saturday at the Leeds Direct Arena, he’s a hurdle that needs clearing before the bigger fights can hopefully finally materialise.
We’ve seen enough upsets and close calls for the favoured fighters this year, and Warrington needs to be mindful on the job at hand, a defeat on Saturday will leave what he craves the most dead in the water, maybe forever.
The challenger has lost 3 times in 39 fights and the odds say that number will rise to 4 at the hands of Warrington. But after the close call against Galahad, he knows he can’t take anything for granted.
Warrington fought like a man possessed in the Selby and Frampton fights, and after the dip in performance against Galahad, he knows he needs to make a statement against Takoucht, a clear message needs to be sent.
Going forward there are options, talk of a move up in weight has been around during fight week, there is always hope that the other champions can be tempted or a rematch with Frampton, more so if Frampton picks up a title of his own, but more likely is a high profile fight with Michael Conlan.
You can see the glint in Warrington’s eye when he talks about the possibility of fighting Vasyl Lomachenko. Warrington just wants to test himself against the best, and leave the sport with no regrets, it should be a simple enough ask, but boxing is rarely that straightforward, often it’s anything but.
In an era where you seemingly have to move the needle to get what you want, Warrington is just an honest hard working pro, and an exceptionally good one at that.
Warrington has achieved plenty, and the majority of fighters would be more than satisfied with what he has accomplished. But Warrington isn’t satisfied, and despite being a world champion, the sport could still end up failing him.