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Josh Warrington must keep focus

IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington defends against Sofiane Takoucht on Saturday. Daniel Herbert previews the contest
Josh Warrington
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THE hardest fights can often be the ones you think will be the easiest. That’s what Josh Warrington must bear in mind when he defends his IBF featherweight title against unheralded Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday (October 12).

Warrington enjoyed a huge 2018, ripping the title from Lee Selby and retaining against Carl Frampton in fights many picked him to lose. But 2019 has proved a disappointment. He had to accommodate mandatory challenger Kid Galahad and while Josh won a split decision, Galahad’s negative style made it a horrible spectacle.

Warrington then set his sights on the likes of champions Leo Santa Cruz (WBA) and Oscar Valdez (WBO) but instead has to make do with Takoucht in a mark-time bout televised live in the UK on BT Sports and on ESPN+ in the USA.

 

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