By Elliot Foster
Josh Warrington will have his next fight on regular subscription television.
The undefeated Leeds man is set to take on Kid Galahad in a mandatory defence of his IBF world featherweight title.
Warrington was last in action back in December at Manchester Arena, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office, as he outpointed former two-weight king Carl Frampton of Belfast.
But his promoter, Frank Warren, has revealed that that all-Yorkshire showdown with Sheffield’s Galahad will be free as part of the subscription to BT Sport.
“We’ll announce the date for that fight next week,” said Warren recently. “It will be in Leeds and contrary to what everybody says, it will not be pay-per-view, it’s for BT subscribers and they will get to see that fight.”
Further details — like the full date and official venue — for the clash are set to be made public in the coming days.
“He had a fabulous year last year. What he’s done has been great,” Warren added. “I always believed in him, always thought that there was something special about him and he’s proved it.
“He’s up there with the best in the world, there’s no doubt about it and you’ve got to look at the way he’s performing, the way he’s won his fights.”
Warrington did have his eye on a Stateside trip to face either WBO champion Oscar Valdez or WBA Super titlist Leo Santa Cruz until the IBF forced the mandatory clash with Galahad upon him.
“Josh craves for big fights and big nights, he’s wanted the unifications, but the IBF forced the Galahad fight on us.
“He’s undefeated and I’m sure he’s not just coming to make the numbers up, but Josh has got a good fight there, a tough defence, and hopefully he’ll come through that and it will set up some bigger fights for him.”
And the fact that it’s not pay-per-view is music to the ears of the former British, Commonwealth and European champion’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
“It’s great news [that it’s not on pay-per-view],” he said. “Fair play to him. After the purse bid, though, I don’t like the look of the accounts on that one, but maybe he has something up his sleeve.
“If [Frank Warren] can do it as a Saturday night fight night, good luck to him, but it’s going to be a good fight and I think they will announce it next week.”