November 25, 2015
November 25, 2015
Josh Warrington lands an uppercut on Joel Brunker

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JOSH WARRINGTON will defend his WBC International Featherweight title against Jorge Sanchez at The O2 in London on December 12, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Leeds favourite Warrington makes his second defence of the title he won in April against Dennis Tubeiron, having shutout Australian Joel Brunker for the strap in Yorkshire in September.

Warrington will face a stiff test to end his year on a high as the unbeaten Panamanian, known as ‘El Bufalo’ heads to London to take the title away from the champion and record a tenth win inside the distance in his 16th pro outing.

A showdown with Welsh IBF king Lee Selby is the target for Warrington in 2016, and the 25 year old says the pressure is on to end the year in impressive fashion.

“Sanchez will be my fourth fight of the year and I want to end 2015 with a big statement in London,” said Warrington. “The fights with Tubeiron and Brunker in Leeds were tough ones and I am sure this will be a really hard fight – but it’s on a massive Box Office card that will be getting huge attention, so I need to put in a top performance.

“Selby beat Brunker at The O2 and then won his World title there against Evgeny Gradovich, so it’s a good venue for me to show that I am coming for his title in 2016.”

Kevin Mitchell will face Ismael Barroso for the WBA Interim Lightweight title at The O2 in London on December 12.

The clash takes Mitchell back to the scene of his epic WBC World title clash with Jorge Linares in May, and the popular Londoner will need to be at his very best at the sold-out venue against the visitor.

Unbeaten Barroso holds an enviable record of 18 wins with 17 of them coming inside the distance, and the reward for both men on the night is huge – as the victor must face the winner of the WBA crown, Anthony Crolla, within 90 days for the World title.

‘El Tigre’s’ impressive KO record is a daunting prospect for Mitchell, but the 31 year old believes he can beat the southpaw to set up an all-British showdown with Anthony Crolla in 2016.

“This is a massive fight for me,” said Mitchell. “Barroso is a strong southpaw with power in both hands, but I am confident that I can smother that threat, impose my skills on him and get the win on another great night at The O2.

These bouts are part of a stacked bill at The O2 where bitter heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua MBE and Dillian Whyte clash for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles.

Chris Eubank Jnr and Spike O’Sullivan meet in a final eliminator for the WBA World Middleweight title, Liverpool Cruiserweight favourite Tony Bellew faces Mateusz Masternak, while Luke Campbell MBE also features.