Josh Warrington Vacates IBF Featherweight Title

Josh Warrington is no longer the IBF Featherweight Champion.

Warrington had been the 126-pound champion since May 2018. “The Leeds Warrior” had three successful title defenses. Warrington was eyeing a title unification bout next but the IBF simply wasn’t on board with the idea.

As a result, Warrington has decided to vacate the IBF gold. Here’s what the former champion said in a Matchroom Boxing press release.

“It’s disappointing we couldn’t have the IBF Title on the line, but I can’t let those decisions stand in the way of me going down in British boxing history by facing the very best in the division,” said Warrington. “I’ve always dreamt about winning the Ring belt, for me it leaves no doubt who the king of the division is. Right now, my mind and focus is on Lara for February 13 and then I’m looking to pick up that beautiful red and blue belt.”

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn also chimed in.

“It’s disappointing we couldn’t have the IBF Title on the line, but I can’t let those decisions stand in the way of me going down in British boxing history by facing the very best in the division,” said Warrington. “I’ve always dreamt about winning the Ring belt, for me it leaves no doubt who the king of the division is. Right now, my mind and focus is on Lara for February 13 and then I’m looking to pick up that beautiful red and blue belt.”

Warrington is set to collide with Mauricio Lara on February 13. If he defeats Lara, then Warrington will go after either WBA (Regular) Featherweight Champion Xu Can or WBC titleholder Gary Russell Jr.

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