Josh Warrington and Can Xu agree terms for featherweight unification bout in Leeds

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JOSH Warrington could get the prospect to unify the featherweight division after agreeing conditions with Can Xu for a unification bout in Leeds this summer season.

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The struggle has not been presented a set day thanks to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but promoter Eddie Hearn is hopeful of staging the bout at Emerald Headingley in a number of months time.

Warrington, the recent IBF winner, will place his very own title on the line as he aims to declare Xu’s WBA belt, a title the Chinese-born fighter won in January 2019.

“We have agreed conditions with Can Xu to have that huge struggle in the summertime, ideally,” confirmed Hearn.

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“The WBA title is likely to be on the line, with the IBF title and ideally the Ring Magazine belt.”

Warrington has been keen for a unification bout given that correctly defending his IBF title versus two-bodyweight environment champion Carl Frampton in December 2018.

Nevertheless, he was disappointed in his attempts to secure a battle as he beat Child Galahad and Frenchman Sofiance Takoucht in two productive defences past yr and moved to a specialist record of 30-.

American fighters Shakour Stevenson and Gary Russell Junior keep the WBO and WBC belts in the featherweight division but Warrington feels a fight with Xu will be the most entertaining.

“It will be a barnstormer. When you seem at the other champions in the division, Gary Russell and Shakour Stevenson, you know the make up is going to be entertaining,” explained Warrington.

“But is the combat going to be entertaining since, Shakour Stevenson likes to go on the back foot and Gary Russell is recognised for his speed but will not work far too much. He chooses when he needs to do his function.

“But with Can Xu, you know as shortly as that initial bell goes, he is running to the centre of the ring and likely hell for leather-based and of course I like to do that as well. “

Warrington’s gain above Frampton was named British combat of the calendar year and the Leeds-born boxer wants to be component of far more memorable fights as he aims to become the 1st unified winner from the town.

“We want to be aspect of entertaining fights and be portion of memorable fights. That is all I want to be section of,” he additional.

“It will be something distinctive.”

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