INSIDE an electric Elland Road Stadium, Josh Warrington made a mockery of the odds against him and claimed the IBF featherweight title with a thrilling 12-round points victory over Lee Selby. The judges were split, with one favouring Selby 115-113, yet justice was done via scores of 116-112 and 115-113 in the challenger’s favour.
“I can’t put into words how I feel. I got into the ring tonight with the expectation of the city on my shoulders,” said Warrington after his sensational victory. “I outboxed the boxer tonight.”
In the opening exchanges, Selby tried to assert himself but the Leeds hero was keen to gain control against the clearly taller man in-close. The challenger’s left hooks caught the eye yet Selby remained composed from the outside.