I was surprised to see the news yesterday that Josh Warrington had decided to relinquish his IBF world title. Since leaving my job at Boxing Social, I’ve paid less attention to boxing, I still have a huge passion for it sure, but purse bids were due? Didn’t have a clue.
I found it almost laughable that Warrington’s proposed fight with WBA ‘Regular’ title holder Can Xu wasn’t able to be finalised for February, add his title vacation to the mix and I’m almost in tears. By all means, I was in no rush to see Warrington-Galahad 2, as the first contest proved to be just plain dull. However, giving away the one thing that can get you the big fights was just bizarre in my eyes.
In all honesty, I wasn’t sure what Warrington should’ve done, but I fail to see why Can Xu would want to fight Josh Warrington without a legitimate world title on the line, is that just me? Should he have just defended his title against his mandatory challenger?
It’s an unfortunate situation for the Leeds man but I believe that losing that bargaining chip was one of the worst things that he could’ve done.
Warrington in hell.