IBF ordered purse bid for Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad
IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington was informed a purse bid will take place with mandatory challenger Kid Galahad.
Warrington has had what many pundits consider, a very memorable 2018. He defeated both Lee Selby and Carl Frampton as a huge underdog, making a case for fighter of year as a result.
However, a new year brings new challenges and taking a deeper look at the situation, there could be something personal about this.
The 28-year old champion was hoping to look for a unification fight after beating Frampton with WBO champion Oscar Valdez. That is, if a waiver could be obtained from facing the mandatory.
That would be an ideal situation in a perfect world. However, since the IBF already granted him one waiver, they refused to grant him another, therefore, leading to this purse bid.
Team Warrington was ordered to start negotiations with Team Galahad earlier this month. This means rival promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn would have to work together to make a fight with a lot at stake. Warren is the promoter for Warrington who was once aligned with Hearn. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone why this is personal.
Just a few days ago, Hearn (representing Galahad), would add fuel to the fire by requesting an immediate purse bid. It’s safe to say if the two sides can’t come to an agreement, then a purse bid is the only option to ensure the fight takes place.
Now, the next concern is whether we will see the fight on Sky Sports as part of a DAZN promotion, or showcased in BT Sports.
3kingsboxing will continue to follow this story and provide any further developments.
By: Garrisson Bland