Josh Warrington To Defend Against IBF Mandatory Challenger On Dec 10

Josh Warrington To Face Luis Alberto Lopez In Leeds

Per Salvador Rodriguez, Britain’s Josh Warrington (31-1-1, 8 KOs) will defend his IBF Featherweight world championship against mandatory challenger ‘El Venado’, Mexico’s Luis Alberto Lopez (26-2, 15 KOs) in his next fight.

The fight, which once again pits Britain against Mexico – the third for Warrington in his last four, is expected to take place on December 10 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England and broadcast live on DAZN.

After a shock defeat and disappointing technical draw with Mauricio Lara in 2021, Warrington bounced back by beating Kiko Martinez for the IBF title earlier this year but subsequently broke his jaw and has been out of the ring ever since. Martinez faces Jordan Gill in an IBF Eliminator in October.

Warrington is represented by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing who will be hoping to match Warrington with the winner of the upcoming Featherweight fight between Mauricio Lara and Leigh Wood should he get past Lopez. Lara told NoSmokeBoxing in an exclusive interview that he would like nothing more than to knock out Warrington again.

‘El Venado’ signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank earlier this year. Arum/TR also promote WBO champion, Emanuel Navarrete who recently signed an extension with the company and will be hoping to land a fight with Lopez should he pull off the upset.

By Darshan Desai

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