Newly minted world champion Josh Warrington 26-0 (6) is looking stateside for his next fight after annexing the IBF featherweight crown from local rival Lee Selby 26-2 (9) on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old Warrington became Leeds’ first boxing world champion with his split decision points win in front of 20,000 fans at Leeds United’s stadium at Elland Road, ending Selby’s three-year title reign.
Seating ringside for the fight was WBO featherweight champion Carl Frampton, fresh off his win over multi-division world champion Nonito Donaire. Northern Ireland’s “The Jackal” is scouting an opponent for a summer return to the ring at Belfast’s Windsor Park, but it he may have to keep looking.
Next up Warrington wants to take his show on the road, with Las Vegas a clear frontrunner for cities he would like to fight in.
“I always set myself a plan – win a world title, defend it and then have a couple of away days,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “Possibly go to Vegas and then knock it on the head. We’ll see what happens.
“When I turned pro, my only goal was to be British champion. I did that when I was 23. Then I went on. I’m taking baby steps and enjoying every minute of it. The whole world’s my oyster now, I’m champion of the world.”
The importance of becoming Leeds’ first boxing world champion isn’t lost on Warrington, who sees himself as a role model to the youth in West Yorkshire.
“Leeds never really had that name for kids to look up to but if people can say they got into boxing because of me, I’ll die a happy man,” he said.
“I’m Leeds first world champion and I’ve very proud of this city.”