In a sensational one on one skirmish, Josh Warrington wholeheartedly admitted the immense pressure from a firm and strong opposition Lee Selby at Elland Road. Josh Warrington literally shackled the odds from torso and in a fine twist hurled the chances against him into an abysmal abyss. This sensationalism continued for a good 12-round thriller until Warrington outperformed his challenger Lee Selby.
The scene was created as Warrington hopped up into the ring with a colossal and fully charged crowd at his back singing hymns in his praise and emboldening his thirst for the title. A massive 26,000 masses gathered in his home city to witness a fight one of its kind.
Clearly, Warrington was not the favorite for this fight, yet upon sight of a fully charged and vehement crowd and the fact that it was his home city, he delivered a career best performance and vanquished the foe by split decision to perfect his professional record to a jaw dropping 27-0, 6KOs.
Warrington’s fierce and uncontested swirls and ability to sustain pressure was granted scores of 116-112 and 115-113 by two judges while a third judge scored the fight 115-113 to Selby. Warrington just put an end to Selby’s three year reign as world champion at 126lbs.
Warrington later spoke to the crowd and clearly dedicated his round of victory to the ever charged crowd stating that despite him being an underdog for the fight was motivated to land a career best performance only because of the relentless support coming from the crowd. Speaking to the media he said, “I really can’t put it into words. I’ve worked hard over the last 18 weeks.
“I got into this ring tonight with the expectation of this city on my shoulders. I’m overcome with emotion. We worked on game plans but that all went out of the window and it was sheer grit and determination and this crowd got me through.”
Selby at this point 26-2, 9KOs trying to make a comeback in the fifth defence of his title with his significant height advantage was again caught pants down by a defiant Warrington and the two met an ugly accident which resulted into a deep cut over Selby’s left eye. Although Selby tried to remain dominant in the early stages of fight however he couldn’t keep the momentum owing to aching left eye.
None of them can be alluded to as a punching house, as they collectively made 15 stoppages in 53 professional bouts yet Warrington had an upper hand as he seemed to be enjoying the scuffle in the first half. Injured Selby, was regarded successful in the middle rounds yet Warrington continued to pummel down his counterpart with successive blows and hence got a nod at the end.
Now, all eyes are on the Windsor Park later this summer as the winner of this bout gets to fight Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton. Frampton, like Warrington is also promoted by Frank Warren. Warrington seems determined as he stated that he had already told Frampton about defeating Selby and then coming after him, at Windsor Park.