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Josh Warrington hopes to take next step to world title fight

Josh 'the warrior' Warrington

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington will hopefully take the next step towards a world title when he takes on the dangerous Japanese fighter Hisashi Amagasa at the Leeds Arena in April.

If Warrington is to land a world title fight with Welshman Lee Selby in the summer, he knows he can't afford to make a mistake against an experienced opponent who has 20 knockouts on his CV. Here's the man himself - and promoter Eddie Hearn.

Warrington wary of Japanese opponent

Josh Warrington (left) celebrates his points decision victory Joel Brunker after their WBC International featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds last September. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Unbeaten Leeds boxer Josh Warrington knows he can't afford any mistakes when he defends his WBC International Featherweight title against Japan's Hisashi Amagasa in April.

A win for the 25 year old in front of his home crowd at the Leeds Arena could set up a much anticipated showdown with IBF world champion Lee Selby.

However both Warrington and his promoter Eddie Hearn know that the experienced Amagasa - who's won 20 of his 35 fights by knockout - won't be an easy opponent.

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Warrington looks ahead to Selby world title clash

The war of words ahead of a possible world title fight between Leeds boxer Josh Warrington and the IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby is hotting up.

Warrington faces Japan's Hisashi Amagasa at the Leeds Arena in April, and could challenge Selby in the summer, provided the Welshman comes through his next title defence against Eric Hunter, the mandatory challenger from America.

Warrington spoke about the possible showdown with Selby at a news conference ahead of his fight with Amagasa.

Gavin McDonnell set for world title eliminator

Doncaster boxer Gavin McDonnell will face Jorge Sanchez in an official eliminator for the WBC Super-Bantamweight world title in Manchester later this month.

Gavin McDonnell Credit: Press Association

The 29-year-old will feature on the undercard of the unification battle between IBF champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg at Manchester Arena on February 27.

Victory over the unbeaten Panamanian will put McDonnell in reach of a world title shot against WBC ruler Julio Ceja – the man that his brother Jamie beat to become world champion for the first time.

I’m more than ready to prove that I can become a World champion. I know that Sanchez is going to be a tough fight and I will have to be at my best, but that’s what I am in the sport for – fighting the best and winning titles.

– Gavin McDonnell

Promoter proposes date for Brook-Khan showdown at Wembley

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says he is hopeful of reaching an agreement for Sheffield's IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook to defend his world title against Amir Khan at Wembley Stadium next summer.

Credit: Press Association

Hearn has pitched Saturday June 4 as a potential date for the fight to Khan’s team.

He told Boxing News magazine that he is confident the eagerly-anticipated clash will take place - after Brook gets past the mandatory challenger for his belt Kevin Bizier in February.

Khan was hoping to fight Manny Pacquiao in his next fight but looks to have missed out after the Filipino agreed to a third fight with American Timothy Bradley.

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Hull boxer Campbell loses undefeated record

Hull's Olympic champion Luke Campbell slumped to his first professional defeat after falling to Yvan Mendy in a split decision last night.

Luke Campbell was also knocked down for the first time in his professional career in the defeat Credit: PA

Campbell, who had stopped his last six opponents, was knocked down in the fifth round and was outfought throughout by the Frenchman with the judges returning scorecards of 115-113 113-115 115-113.

Mendy had lost four times in 38 bouts and was expected to endure the same fate as each of Campbell's 12 previous victims, but instead claimed his most notable victory to date.

"There are no excuses. That's the first time I've done 12 rounds in my career.

"I feel as though I made a few mistakes in there," said Campbell, who was floored for the first time in his career.

Luke Campbell hoping to move one step closer to world title shot

Hull boxer Luke Campbell is hoping move a step closer to a world title shot next year when he defends his WBC International lightweight title against French champion Yvan Mendy at the O2 on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Olympic gold-medallist has been buoyed by the crowning of two British world champions in his division - with Manchester's Anthony Crolla recently winning the WBA belt to join WBO king Terry Flanagan on the world stage.

Campbell, who will be opening his new gym next year, is focused on challenging for one of those belts in 2016.

Chris Dawkes reports:

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