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Warrington's 'sulk and moan' over unification bout.

Josh Warrington admitted he "had a bit of sulk and a bit of moan" as his hopes of a unification bout were dashed for now but the Leeds fighter hopes his patience will eventually be rewarded.

The IBF featherweight champion was eyeing fights against the division's three other titlists after squeaking past mandatory challenger Kid Galahad in June - with WBO belt holder oscar Valdez top of his wishlist.

Valdez, though, has decided to relinquish his strap and move up a weight class while a bout against Gary Russell Jr or Leo santa Cruz - holders of the WBC and WBA crowns respectively - was not forthcoming.

Warrington, who has won all 29 of his professional contests to date, will therefore make the third defence of his world title against unheralded Frenchman sofiane Takoucht on october 12 at the First Direct Arena in his hometown.

Warrington told PA: "I had a bit of sulk and a bit of moan about the fact it's not happened, slagged all the other fighters off.

"For my own personal highlight reel, to have the fight with Valdez or santa Cruz - two of those names there - I just know it would be a fantastic fight so I'm disappointed it couldn't happen.

"But the mind is keeping concentrating on winning. I don't want to start thinking about what's going to come after because it might be next fight, it might be two fights, it might be three fights down the line.

"It might be next year, it might be the year after that, I don't know, it's not as easy to make out as I first thought.

"All I've got to do is keep winning, winning in style and hopefully patience will prevail."

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Publication:Evening Express (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Aug 9, 2019
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