IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington has separated from promoter Frank Warren in the midst of negotiations for a unification bout with Shakur Stevenson. The two had worked together since Warrington’s 2017 decision win over Kiko Martinez, and Queensberry calls it the “conclusion of his promotional agreement” rather than a contract termination.
“I am happy to say that we delivered for Josh on every level and helped him realise his goals in the sport,” said promoter Warren. “We all wish Josh every success for the future and will always remember the great nights we enjoyed in Leeds.”
Warrington (30-0, 7 KO) went 6-0 under the Queensberry banner, including a title-winning decision over Lee Selby and three successful defenses. His final bout under contract saw him demolish Sofiane Takoucht in under six minutes last October.
He’s been in talks with WBO champ Stevenson since at least December, but things recently his a snag over money.
If the fight don’t happen it’s not my fault I want the fight but Frank Warren is stupid if he believe I’m gone fight in England for a unification bout for the same money I’m making wid Marriaga https://t.co/g8HKiIVRy4— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) February 10, 2020
Now he speaking on tickets sales and the arena, After this fight I’m willing to go right back in May nothing changed just pay up lame ass dude @frankwarren_tv— Shakur Stevenson (@ShakurStevenson) February 10, 2020
If Top Rank takes the opportunity to add Warrington to their stables, I’d imagine that would ease negotiations quite a bit. He wouldn’t be the first UK standout they’ve signed this year.
EDIT: As soon as I’d finished posting this, Warrington signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.