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Shakur Stevenson-Josh Warrington unification “on track” for spring

The bout would unify the WBO and IBF featherweight titles

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Featherweight champions Shakur Stevenson and Josh Warrington are on a collision course. Top Rank’s Bob Arum tells ESPN that he and Frank Warren have made “good progress” on a deal, which would “likely” see the two square off “in April or May” on an ESPN-based England show.

Stevenson (13-0, 7 KO), who claimed silver in Rio, has been remarkably busy since his 2017 pro debut. His four-fight 2019 campaign included a dominant win over former champion Christopher Diaz and, most recently, a similarly one-sided victory against fellow unbeaten and potential future brother-in-law Joet Gonzalez to claim the vacant WBO belt.

Warrington (30-0, 7 KO) had a Fighter of the Year-worthy 2018, felling Lee Selby for the IBF title and defending it seven months later against a game Carl Frampton seven months later. Though he didn’t dazzle against Kid Galahad in his second defense, a two-round mauling of Sofiane Takoucht ended the year strong.

It’s not the featherweight unification we wanted (you know the one), but this figures to be a terrific scrap if it comes together, the supreme craft of Stevenson versus the grit and experience of Warrington. Bob and Frank, we’re counting on you.

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