Josh Warrington’s Next Fight Date Is Set With A Chance At Redemption On The Line
The last time Josh Warrington boxed at Wembley Arena it was an unforgettable night with Mauricio Lara scoring two knockdowns and a brutal knockout in one of the biggest upsets we’ve ever seen in a British ring.
Warrington tried to put it right with Lara in a rematch six months later but that ended in a technical draw, he was on the verge of landing another with the Mexican for May 27 until Leigh Wood activated his rematch clause.
The Leeds warrior will have to wait a little longer for a chance at revenge with Lara but he won’t have to wait any longer to get a win at the venue which has been ingrained in his memory ever since.
NoSmokeSport.com has learnt that Leeds’ Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs) and American-born Puerto Rican Christopher Diaz (27-4, 17 KOs) are in advanced negotiations to meet in the main event on June 10 at Wembley’s OVO Arena, Live on DAZN.
Contracts haven’t been signed and a deal hasn’t been completed yet. News of the fight negotiations was first reported by International Boxing News
Warrington lost his world Featherweight title to Luis Alberto Lopez, who faces Michael Conlan on May 27, last December. The 32-year-old is now looking to get back to winning ways before another shot at the world title.
Diaz has suffered two defeats in world title fights at Featherweight, to Masayuki Ito in 2018 and Emanuel Navarrete in 2021. His other two defeats have come at the hands of Shakur Stevenson in 2019 and Isaac Dogboe in 2021, clearly losing only to top-quality fighters.
Diaz has only boxed once since back-to-back defeats in 2021, a win over journeyman Deivi Julio last May. The Puerto Rican could now get a big chance at an upset on the weekend of the ‘National Puerto Rican Day Parade’.
Ellie Scotney (6-0) will challenge Australia’s Cherneka Johnson (15-1, 6 KOs) for her IBF super bantamweight world title on the undercard.
Scoteny-Johnson was supposed to take place on the May 20 Katie Taylor-Chantelle Cameron undercard in Dublin but Cameron requested that Scotney be taken off the card due to prior conflicts with her trainer Shane McGuigan.
They have previously shared cards with Cameron claiming that “only the people closest to me know what I had to go through because of this” and therefore she was not willing to let that affect her in the biggest fight of her career.
Youssef Khoumari (14-1-1, 5 KOs) and Reece Bellotti (15-5, 13 KOs) collide in an eliminator for the British super featherweight championship. Khoumari-Bellotti was supposed to take place on the April 29 Dalton Smith-Sam Maxwell show before that card was cancelled.
Rising Heavyweight prospect Johnny Fisher (8-0, 7 KOs) is expected to challenge for his first professional title with an opponent unknown as of yet.
Nina Hughes (5-0, 2 KOs) will make the first defence of her WBA crown against former world champion Shannon Courtney (8-2, 3 KOs).
Hughes upset Jamie Mitchell, who decisioned Courtney in 2021, last November and hopes a win over ‘The Baby Face Assassin’ will set up a unification with Australia’s IBF champion Ebanie Bridges, who is also represented by Matchroom.
2020 Olympian Cheavon Clarke (5-0, 4 KOs) will meet British cruiserweight title challenger, Scotland’s David Jamieson (10-2, 7 KOs) in an eliminator for the Lonsdale belt.
Both Hughes-Courtney and Clarke-Jamieson dates were first reported by International Boxing News.