Josh Warrington, an English professional boxer born on 14 November 1990, is a two-time world featherweight champion. He held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title twice between 2018 and 2022. In addition to his world titles, he also held the British, Commonwealth, and European featherweight titles at the regional level from 2013 to 2017.
A significant moment in Warrington’s career came in 2018 when he defeated Lee Selby, becoming the first male boxer from Leeds to win a major world title. The historic victory took place at Elland Road Stadium, the home of Leeds United.
Warrington started his professional career in 2009 and maintained an undefeated record with victories over various opponents, including Dudley-born prospect Chris Male, to win the vacant English featherweight title in November 2012. He successfully defended the English featherweight title against Jamie Speight and Ian Bailey.
On 2 November 2012, Warrington secured the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title by defeating the previously undefeated Samir Mouneimne via a 12th-round stoppage in a Matchroom Boxing show held at the Ice Arena in Hull.
Throughout his career, Warrington has been consistently ranked among the top featherweights in the world. As of October 2021, he was ranked fourth by The Ring, fifth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and seventh by BoxRec.
The journey of Josh Warrington was captured in a documentary-style movie called ‘Fighting for a City,’ which was filmed over two years and premiered in 2018. The film showcases his pursuit of winning the IBF title in his hometown at Elland Road Stadium, providing a glimpse into the life of this talented boxer.