Opinion | Oct 09 2014

Mickey Vann: Josh Warrington can be a world champion in 12-to-18 months time

Vann also looks again at the scoring of Abraham-Smith, and ahead to Joshua-Bakhtov

WELL it looks like we have another star in Josh Warrington.

It was a comprehensive performance from a steadily growing 23-year-old triple titlist from Leeds who seems to be pulling the crowds back in to the arenas in Leeds. I remember four fights ago when I was writing about Josh – I recall saying that he lacked power and that could be a problem when he steps up in class. Since then he has had three fights, won three championships and stopped all of his opponents, he seems to have got the power from bending the knees more, instead of arm-punching. He doesn’t have to rely on work-rate alone now and is looking good for the future.

But it would be wrong to take too much notice of the media who are all ready talking about him fighting for the world title. His performance was awesome, and he seems to improve with every fight, but as with Anthony Joshua, he needs to further his apprenticeship. Give him another 12-to-18 months, and three or four more fights against sterner opposition from the other side of the Atlantic, and he will have a great chance to win the world title – any earlier would put that chance in jeopardy. If Josh keeps exciting the fans then we could have those heady days of former super-middleweight contender Henry Wharton back again. When Henry fought the crowds packed, at the Town Hall or the York Arena, but in Leeds have the new arena – a 10,000 seater – and it looked as if Josh had put approximately 6,000 bums on the seats, but the crowd sounded like one of those nights when Ricky Hatton was fighting.


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