JOSH WARRINGTON shot down French invader Sofiane Takoucht to tee up his personal USA onslaught in 2020.
The IBF featherweight champion of the world made it a hat-trick of defences of the crimson 9st belt with a vicious second-round win over the powerful customer.
In entrance of 6,000 die-hard followers at his native Leeds Enviornment, the proud Yorkshire lad despatched the the challenger packing for daring to to make a bid for his hard-earned gold.
Warrington, 28, who’s a devoted supporter of the armed forces within the North of England, was accompanied to the ring by the uniformed personnel of the sixth Regiment RLC.
It was a pleasant gesture after he had crushed one among their sharpshooters within the rifle vary, on a tour of their Dishforth base within the weeks main as much as the bout.
And the Royal Dragoon Guard pipes and drum band boomed out alongside the patriotic Englishman earlier than he waged battle on Takoucht.
The dominant dwelling victory ought to now guarantee he and his devoted legion of followers can guide an American journey subsequent yr, in a bid to unify the division in opposition to WBC boss Gary Russell Jr or potential WBO champ Shakur Stevenson.
Warrington seemed sensational on the scales on Friday however SunSport understands Takoucht misjudged his weight reduce and was properly underneath the featherweight restrict forward of schedule.
On the first bell each males seemed preventing match however the daunting stroll into the lion’s den should have made Takoucht’s confidence shrivel up, as his entrance was bombarded with boos and whistles.
And there have been raised eyebrows when the flat-nosed, stubbly 33-year-old was launched by his nickname of ‘Babyface’
The opener was impressively even, each males planted their toes and traded with none well mannered introductions. A proper hook from warrington was finest shot of the bunch, stiffening Tukoucht’s legs briefly.
And he by no means acquired an opportunity to survived the second stanza.
One stiff proper dropped him early on, a ruthless mixture dropped him once more moments later and referee Bob Williams dived in when a 3rd assault threatened to do Takouchet critical hurt.
The valiant loser had arrived in Leeds with six losses from his 35 wins however he had by no means been stopped whereas Warrington reached the ring with a 29-Zero document however solely six wins inside the space, the final manner again in 2017.
However accusations that he lacked the KO energy to go on and unify the division have been blasted out by this blistering efficiency.
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Warrington stated: “There was nothing private between us however I took my frustration at not getting a unification conflict out on him.
“It exhibits that what we’ve been engaged on has labored. The final battle was a wake-up name.
“I’ve made it very clear, my first defence was Carl Frampton and my second was my necessary. My choices are open but when anybody desires it, I’m right here.”
Source : thecrazyhealth