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Josh Warrington shocks Lee Selby to capture IBF Featherweight title

Hometown Leeds fighter Josh Warrington claimed the bragging rights in Yorkshire when he upset champion Lee Selby with a split decision victory to claim the IBF World Featherweight belt.

Warrington pushed the pace early on, landing terrific shots to the body and combinations to the head of the Welshman. A cut formed near the left eye but the referee deemed this as an accidental clash of heads. The fight continued.

The pace set by the challenger forced Selby to step it up a gear and he did exactly that as in rounds 3 and 4, the 31-year-old upped the ante and started to settle in well.

However, for anyone thinking Warrington had his moments in the fight and that his stint was over would soon be proven wrong. Round 5 onwards, Warrington again displayed a terrific variety of attacks and a high output. However, Selby was still throwing back and showing tremendous heart.

With a couple of good flurries in rounds 6-8, the Barry native still had it all to fight for but Warrington seemingly closed the fight out well and looked like he had claimed victory and the IBF belt in the process.

The fight went to the scorecards and boos echoed around the arena for the news that the scorecards reflected a split decision. To the delight of Warrington and his fans, the decision went his way with scorecards of 113-115, 115-113, 116-112.

 

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