As expected, Josh Warrington sucessfully retained his IBF featherweight title with a stunning second-round stoppage of Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht.

The thousands of fans at the Leeds Arena were in typically fine voice as Warrington, presumably buoyed by their support, got straight down to business – marching forward and landing several stinging combinations in the opening round.

Takoucht had the look of a rabbit caught in the headlights and was unable to capitalise on his southpaw stance as he was consistently nailed in exchanges, courtesy of the Yorkshireman’s superior hand speed and accuracy.

Two devastating right hands dropped Takoucht on two occassions in the second round, before the Leeds Warrior shrugged off the Frenchman’s desperate attempts to spoil and promptly pummelled him into submission.

With the routine win – albeit against someone who had never been stopped – Warrington certainly made a statement with the manner of his victory and has now extended his perfect record to 30-0 with seven knockouts.

Article by: Navi Singh

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