Josh Warrington must defend featherweight title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad, no unification exceptions say IBF

Josh Warrington’s next fight may have already been decided for him.

Leeds’ world champion retained his IBF featherweight world title with a spectacular win over Carl Frampton on December 22.

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Josh Warrington had a fantastic 2018, defeating Lee Selby and Carl Frampton

Although, now he will seemingly be forced to defend against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad at the start of 2019.

The Sheffield man won a final eliminator for the title by outpointing Toka Kahn Clary on October 20 and has since repeatedly stated that he’s been told his shot would come next.

It was originally thought that Warrington could sidestep this mandatory by agreeing a unification bout with one of the other featherweight champions and gaining an exception from the IBF.

However, the governing body have now exclusively stated to talkSPORT.com that this will not be the case.

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Kid Galahad returned from a doping ban in 2016 and has worked his way back up the rankings – he maintains that his brother spiked his protein shake

“Warrington can’t request an exception because he requested one already to fight Frampton,” an IBF spokesperson said.

“As of [January 2], Warrington has not been ordered to defend against his mandatory.”

Despite having not done it yet, it is expected that the IBF will shortly mandate Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad.

Should they decide to do this, the only way for Warrington to take another fight would then be to vacate his world title.

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