The governing body will ensure that this is the champion’s first bout of 2019, unless he vacates his belt
Josh Warrington has been officially ordered to defend his IBF featherweight world title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad in his next fight.
The ‘Leeds Warrior’ was last seen retaining his belt in a thrilling win over Carl Frampton on December 22, and now his first bout of the New Year has been set.
talkSPORT.com have been informed by the IBF that on Monday, January 7, letters were sent out to Warrington and his mandatory challenger Galahad, insisting that they must make a deal for their fight before February 6.
“The order was sent today,” an IBF spokesperson told talkSPORT.com. “They have 30 days to negotiate.”
If a deal is not made between the pair – a very possible scenario given their promotional disparities – then a purse bid will be arranged to decide who hosts the fight
Warrington recently signed a new deal with Frank Warren (BT Sport) while Kid Galahad has been boxing on Eddie Hearn’s (Sky Sports) shows.
The challenger defeated Toka Kahn Clary in an IBF final eliminator on Hearn’s October 20 card in Boston to earn his shot at the title.
There is no way around the bout for the champion as talkSPORT.com were previously informed he cannot request an ‘exception’ to take on a different opponent instead.
This is because he was already granted one which allowed the bout with Frampton.
Therefore, unless the Leeds man vacates his world title, a Sheffield rival will be his next opponent.
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Kid Galahad has already been teasing Josh Warrington about their upcoming bout on social media, posting a poll of supporters in favour of the fight, accompanied by the caption: “Looks like the fans are keen, how about you?”
Warrington, who had previously said he wanted to unify titles in America next, replied: “My fans are packing the suitcases, if we have to postpone that to chin you, then so be it.”