Warrington v Takoucht: World title fight build-up

Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.Find out moreLive ReportingBy Luke ReddyAll times stated are UKPosted at 21:2421:24Warrington takes the 12-second challengeHow many punches did Josh Warrington manage in 12 seconds…?Think you could do better? Send in your efforts…

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  1. Warrington takes the 12-second challenge

    How many punches did Josh Warrington manage in 12 seconds…?

    Think you could do better? Send in your efforts using #bbcboxing.

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    Video caption: Are you faster than a pro boxer? Josh Warrington takes on the 12-second challenge
  2. Top knowledge…

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    Some of you are sending in tweets saying the answer to our question on which wrestler would have made the best boxer is obvious. The name Marc Mero is getting a good push as you’re telling me he won the New York Golden Gloves tournament as a youngster.

    That’s knowledge. Hats off to you all.

    Apparently Mero was the WWF Intercontinental Champion too under the ring name Johnny B. Badd.

    Terrific. What a bloke.

  3. Josh in silence…

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    I can tell you Josh Warrington is sat silent in his dressing room while Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ plays out at Leeds Arena.

    Saturday night revelers lap up the tunes and a shandy or two.

    A few Leeds United tunes are imminent no doubt.


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    Roddy Piper

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    Robin Rixon: Rowdy Roddy Piper, proved his credentials vs. Mr T at Wrestlemania 2. Mr T is a former HW champ – he beat Rocky by KO.

    Which wrestler would have been the greatest in the boxing ring? Tweet us on #bbcboxing.

  5. Warrington’s day at the barracks

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    Josh Warrington has built a reputation for being a man of the people. The Leeds fighter has delivered tickets door to door and remained pinned to his home city.

    Supporting the fight nights put on by local soldiers has also proved inspirational for the IBF world featherweight champion and BBC Sport followed him on a recent visit.

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    Video caption: The champion boxer who could have been a soldier – Warrington
  6. Arthur wins Commonwealth belt

    We have just seen Great Britain’s Lyndon Arthur claim the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight title with a unanimous points victory over Emmanuel Anim.

    Manchester’s Arthur, 28, knocked Anim down in the fourth round but was made to work hard by the durable Ghanaian. The judges scored the fight 115-112, 117-111 and 117-110.

    Arthur’s record now stands at 16 wins from 16 professional fights.

  7. A cross-over star…


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    So there, you’re up to speed.

    Now this is important. You may have seen a certain Tyson Fury is going into the WWE. If not, read more here.

    So what we want to know is, which wrestler would have been the greatest in the boxing ring?

    Tweet us on #bbcboxing.

    P.S I’ll go for The Undertaker. Strikes me as a bit extreme and that kind of helps.

  9. One more hurdle…

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    Frampton v Warrington

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    So what’s the narrative?

    Well Josh Warrington was pretty much the fighter of 2018. Not only did he beat Lee Selby to win a world title at Elland Road, he then went on to beat Carl Frampton in an epic. In 2019 he’s seen off Kid Galahad no less.

    He hoped Las Vegas would be next and with a vocal Leeds support behind him, it’s fair to say that could be a pretty lively trip.

    So imagine you’ve been denied that as the fighters you’re chasing don’t want to know just yet.

    Then imagine you get presented with a durable opponent who has never been stopped inside the distance and in theory, can wipe out your dream to go to Vegas next.

    It’s like Warrington is leading going into the last jump of the Grand National. Don’t fall, don’t even think about it.

  10. Warrington’s tricky night…

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    Warrington v Takoucht

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    So you’re with me then? You’re down for a bit of Saturday night boxing? I thought so.

    Josh Warrington, a fit, durable, relentless force, with 29 wins in a row.

    Sofiane Takoucht, a Frenchman with just three losses in 39 career outings and a man on a unbeaten run since 2014.

    Takoucht also brings that ever tricky southpaw stance. There’s no such thing as a walkover at this level, 2019 has taught us that for sure.

    So welcome, let’s enjoy this shall we.

  11. It’s Leeds, not Las Vegas…

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    Viva Las Vegas sign

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    This isn’t Las Vegas, where Josh Warrington hoped the 30th fight of a stellar career would be.

    It is instead Leeds Arena and a tricky a world-title defence, so dreams of what might have been need to be shelved for 12 rounds.

    One more win and surely he gets his day in Sin City.

    Welcome to another big fight live text. Let’s do this.

    Josh Warrington

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