Josh Warrington secured his first world title in his native Leeds today, defeating Lee Selby in a bloody grudge match to take the IBF featherweight belt. The local boy won a split decision on scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 113-115.
A quick look at Twitter suggests that judge Alan Davis, who had it for Selby, isn’t terribly well-regarded at the moment.
Split decision my arse, Warrington walked through him. #SelbyWarrington— knighty (@LeonKnight_) May 19, 2018
Split decisions for Selby/Warrington. Just fuck right off— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 19, 2018
115-113 for Selby...116-112 for Warrington.... and 115-113 for..... Josh Warrington the new IBF featherweight champion. Sorry, no way that was a split decision type of bout... #boxing— Showtime Kim (@steveucnlive) May 19, 2018
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Selby (26-2, 9 KO) thus ends his reign after four successful defenses. Warrington (27-0, 6 KO), who entered the fight as a +325 underdog, may not be able to hit to save his life, but the dude can clearly fight. Though his highest-rated contender is Kid Galahad, I don’t think anyone would be opposed to seeing him fight Carl Frampton.
Jack Catterall, Nicola Adams, and Ohara Davies picked up wins as well.