In December, Luis Alberto Lopez defeated Warrington, who had previously held the IBF featherweight championship twice, prompting the Brit to seriously consider his steps moving forward.
It was his second loss following his first against Mauricio Lara.
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As such, Warrington mentioned a few names as his potential targets for his next career move, and one of them was Vargas, who currently holds the WBC championship title.
In his comments to World Boxing News, he said: “The only man who’s free at this moment in time is Rey Vargas [WBC featherweight titleholder].
“He’s the only champion who was free this moment in time. But mostly, he stepped up to super featherweight to try and win the belt of the heavier weight.
“It was unsuccessful, but he still holds the [WBC] title at featherweight. So he’s coming off a loss. But I’m coming off a loss. That’d be a fantastic fight.”
If that bout does not go ahead, there is another man waiting in the wings. Step forward: James Dickens.
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The IBO featherweight holder beat Lerato Dlamini on points to win the title, but he has not been in the ring since.
And with no fight date forthcoming, Dickens has suggested Warrington as an alternative.
“Both myself and [Josh Warrington are] sitting on the side waiting [for a date]. I’ve got the [IBO title] and I’m happy to make this [fight], respectfully,” Dickens