Leeds United fan Josh Warrington successfully defends English title

Josh Warrington with the English featherweight belt after victory over Ian Bailey.
Josh Warrington with the English featherweight belt after victory over Ian Bailey.
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Josh Warrington successfully defended his English featherweight title with a unanimous points victory over Slough’s Ian Bailey at Elland Road on Friday night.

Leeds United fan Warrington had the support of a huge home crowd and produced a terrific display to inflict an emphatic victory.

Bailey sustained a nasty cut over his right eye in the eighth round and for a time, it appeared as though the bout would be stopped.

Bailey battled on gamely and deserved to hear the bell at the end of 10 absorbing rounds.

I awarded Warrington a shut-out 100 points to 90 victory - winning all 10 rounds, while the official judges scorecards read 100-91, 98-92, 100-90.

Full report, reaction, pictures and interviews in next week’s papers.