Josh Warrington brands Kid Galahad's second shot at mandatory position a 'joke'

Josh Warrington admitted he was baffled to learn Kid Galahad could be his mandatory again by the end of the year.

Galahad and Warrington only fought last June, a fight the Leeds featherweight won on points, but the IBF have ordered a final eliminator between Galahad and Claudio Marrero.

Purse bids for that fight will take place this month, but Warrington questioned Galahad’s sudden rise back up the IBF’s rankings.

‘It’s a bit of a joke,’ Warrington told Metro.co.uk.

‘I don’t understand how he got moved down to No.8 in the rankings and is all of a sudden fighting an eliminator again.

‘He must have complained. Really and truthfully, the guys in and around him aren’t doing much.

‘Why is he all of a sudden there again? He’s not won the eliminator yet…we’ll see what happens.

‘But for me, I’ve been there and done it. I didn’t win it in the style I wanted to win it, but I still won the fight.

‘I’ve made my intentions clear. I only want meaningful fights and fight the other big names of the division.’

Warrington is back in action this Saturday in his hometown, taking on experienced Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht.

Despite boasting a 35-3 record, Takoucht is not the name Warrington expected after he beat Galahad.

‘I’ve cleared out the domestic scene. If I could have things my way I would be fighting a world champion,’ Warrington said, with more than a hint of frustration in his voice.

‘Up until I was given the name, I’d not heard too much about him (Takoucht). I’d seen his name in the rankings.

‘I’ve studied him a little bit and I’ve seen he’s very tough. He’s a pressure fighter and is a southpaw. He’s only lost to high level opposition really.

‘He’s never been stopped and got a decent knockout ratio, better than mine actually. People turned down this fight, but he jumped at this opportunity. I imagine he’ll be well up for it.’

For Warrington the return to Leeds might be slightly bittersweet, but after a disappointing performance against Galahad the Leeds Warrior has gone back to basics.

‘It’s not that I overlooked Kid Galahad at all, because I never do that, but there were things we didn’t take into consideration,’ he explained.

‘I wasn’t happy and his tactics were to spoil the fight, so we went back to basics and how we used to train techniques.

‘The last build-up there was a lot of media which seemed to dictate my training more. That affected me in the long run.’

‘I’ll be disappointed with myself if this turns out to be a long points win,’ Warrington insisted. ‘The way he fights plays into my hands.

‘I’ll be looking to send a statement out. I’ll be wanting to finish the fight early.’

Tickets for Warrington vs Takoucht on Saturday Oct 12th are available via Ticketmaster.co.uk

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