Ringside Report: Josh Warrington Makes a Statement in Leeds
Josh Warrington talked about making a statement and sending a clear message to his contemporaries, few would argue it is now mission accomplished.
All the frustrations from the Kid Galahad fight, all the anger from the failure to secure the really big fight he so badly craves, were taken out on Sofiane Takoucht.
The 5th ranked challenger was given little time to find his way into the fight, the relentless marauding Warrington we saw in the Lee Selby and Carl Frampton fights returned at the Leeds Direct Arena last night.
Takoucht was dropped twice in the 2nd round before the referee rightly waved it off with just seconds remaining in the round.
It wasn’t expected to be a serious test for Warrington, but few would have expected such a dismantling, such a destruction of a brave opponent who kept swinging until the end.
Warrington now 30-0, seeks a real challenge, a little old-school perhaps in this age of avoidance and excuses. But Warrington deserves his chance of unification, the problem is getting the other champions to share a ring with him. After this performance, he might find that task is now even harder.