The fight in the ring fell short of the action that was expected after the heated face off and explosive weigh in during the build up through the week, but when the final scores were read 🇬🇧Josh Warrington remained IBF World Featherweight Champion, taking the split decision over rival 🇬🇧Kid Galahad.
Warrington (29-0-0, 6KO) found it hard to deliver the performance he wanted when he took the ring in front of his rawkus hometown Leeds crowd, having his aggressive, style negated by the tricky Sheffield, England southpaw.
Galahad (26-1-0, 15KO) combined clever footwork with strategic clinches to take away the pressure Warrington usually dictates the pace of the fight with. However, while he succeeded in the area of defense he failed to follow that up with enough offense and didn’t make the Champion pay when he missed. This was a fight with extremely close rounds, so while Galahad was doing well, it always felt like he was doing just enough to fall short as the challenger on enemy turf.
That feeling rang true when it was announced that with scores of 116-112 and 116-113 for Warrington and 115-113 for Galahad, the champion had retained his title. Warrington now looks to the U.S. for his next challenge, stating there’s nothing left for him to do in the U.K.. On his radar are WBA Champion Leo Santa Cruz, WBC Champion Gary Russell Jr, and WBO champ Oscar Valdez.
I knew it was close, but I landed a lot more cleaner shots. You can’t come into the champion’s backyard and pot shot, land single shots, and hope to win it. There was a lot of holding. He was pretty clever with some of the stuff he did inside.” -Warrington