Elland road welcomed boxing for an evening as around 20,000 spectators came to support their local hero Josh Warrington as he attempted to become Leed’s first world champion as he took on Welshmen Lee Selby, for Selby’s IBF world featherweight title.

Warrington came in the underdog at 10/3 and many felt the established and proven Selby may be a level or two above the Leeds man, this fight was going to tell us a lot about where Warrington is in his career, how good he actually is.

Warrington started fast in the first two rounds, outworking Selby who suffered a cut in the second as a result of an accidental head clash but appeared to find a rhythm momentarily in the third, the fourth and fifth rounds were close but you got the feeling all the momentum was with Warrington who’s punches appeared to have more impact on his opponent than vice verse.

In the second half of the contest, Warrington appeared to take control of the fight really upping the work rate and putting Selby under immense pressure at times, Selby appeared hurt on more than one occasion. Selby landed some good shots, however, but it just wasn’t enough. Warrington was looking more and more in the ascendency as the fight progressed, no matter what Selby landed it could not deter him.

At the final bell, Warrington was a clear winner on my card and many others, however, as the master of ceremony announced the scorecards he announced a split decision which was met with uproar from the 20,000 crowd.

115-113 Selby, 116-112 Warrington, and 115-113… Warrington, Leeds has its ever first world champion, Josh Warrington is the new IBF world featherweight champion via split decision.