Josh Warrington’s 2021 campaign will consist of a showdown with Xu Can, simply now not in his very next battle.
An announcement in the coming days from Matchroom Boxing will encompass the unbeaten IBF featherweight champ as part of its first quarter time table, though no longer in a title unification bout, promoter Eddie Hearn informed BoxingScene.com on Wednesday. Warrington will remain the leading experience slot of a February 13 display which leads a loaded time table in the weeks to return.
“We’ve been working challenging with Robert Diaz and Golden Boy to get this fight made but we’re going to ought to wait a little longer,” Hearn advised BoxingScene.com.
An opponent for Warrington is expected to be finalized in time for Matchroom’s UK schedule display on Friday.
Warrington (30-0, 7KOs) has not fought on account that a 2nd circular wipeout of Sofiane Takoucht atop an Oct. 2019 display in his homeland of Leeds, England. The lengthy-reigning featherweight titlist has due to the fact signed with Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing outfit, together with his intended debut to have are available a two-belt unification clash with China’s Xu (18-2, 3KOs) simplest for such plans to be delayed by the continued coronavirus pandemic.
whereas the game as a whole has given that resumed, the skill to stage movements in front of are living crowds is still an argument. only 1 such exhibit has taken area within the united kingdom, with unified heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua scoring a 9th circular knockout of Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev with fans in attendance of their Dec. 12th conflict at SSE area, Wembley.
a different lockdown has for the reason that come in the U.k., wiping out all scheduled bouts in January. The British Boxing Board of handle has when you consider that declared that boxing routine can resume beginning in mid-February, prompting Matchroom to place its premiere foot forward in delivering a block of indicates.
A combat between Warrington and Xu turned into meant to guide issues off but will as an alternative circulation towards Matchroom’s springtime time table. The mild extend should still work in favor of the battle becoming an experience, given Warrington’s massive drawing vigor in his home vicinity.
“After we brought fans lower back in December, we hoped we’d be ready to have attendance for this battle and it deserves it,” notes Hearn. “After a long layoff Josh will nonetheless return on Feb 13 and if triumphant will confidently face Xu in April or early may also.”
Warrington has gained the IBF featherweight title following a 12-round resolution over Lee Selby in front of a offered-out homeland crowd at Elland street football floor in Leeds. Three defenses have followed, most exceptionally a aggressive however clear 12-circular nod over former two-division titlist Carl Frampton in Dec. 2018. The win became followed by using a hard-fought split determination victory over unbeaten kid Galahad in June 2019 earlier than continuing to stop Takoucht inner of two rounds later that October.
Xu has not fought on the grounds that a 12-circular resolution victory over Manny Robles III in Nov. 2019. The free-swinging extent puncher from Beijing has made two defenses of the secondary WBA title he wrested in a facets win over Jesus Rojas in Jan. 2019. Hopes of an upgrade to WBA “super” featherweight title fame dwell on the sanctioning physique forcing the hand of Leo Santa Cruz, who nevertheless retains that belt regardless of no longer having fought at the weight since Feb. 2019.
Warrington and Xu are the first and third optimum ranked active featherweights in line with RingTV.com, ESPN.com and TBRB.com.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox