Josh Warrington kept his, the Leeds boxing dream and a shot at a world title alive after he stopped the previously unbeaten Dennis Ceylan in the 10th round of an entertaining fight at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday night, in a IBF world featherweight eliminator.

Warrington (25-0, 6KOs) made a patient start to the fight, working out his opponents strengths and weaknesses and looking to tame the dangerous, confident Dane, who was looking to upset the script in front of a partisan crowd in Yorkshire.

The fight was close in the early rounds but as Warrington warmed into the task and found Ceylon’s measure, he began to turn the screw and increase the heat as he took the fight to the visitor. Ceylan (18-1-2, 8KOs) began to fade in the second half of the fight as Warrington took control.

In the 10th and ending round, a flurry of shots dropped Ceylan hard and he barely made the count. Warrington didn’t hang around and followed up with a barrage of heavy digs to end the show after Ceylan was counted out by the ref.

A delighted Warrington ran to the corner, stood on the ropes and beloved into the camera the name ‘Lee Selby’ – If the IBF featherweight world champion Selby, from Barry in Wales was watching it would have come as no surprise, as the two have been touted to fight now for a while and have each been cussing and calling the others bluff for a while now. It is a fight they both apparently want and one the boxing fans approve of alright! Lets get it on! Josh Warrington is ready to step up and it makes a natural all British bash to be relished! 

On the undercard

New Lonsdale belt holder Jack Catterall (19-0, 10 KOs) boxed the fight of his life, dethroning defending champion Tyrone Nurse (35-3-2, 7 KOs) via unanimous decision to claim the British super-lightweight title with scores of 115-114, 118-111 and 116-113. More to follow…

Brilliant unbeaten prospect Zelfa Barrett (19-0, 12KOs) won his first professional title stopping the tough Chris Conwell (9-3, 2KOs) in the 4th round to be crowned English champion in an all Mancunian derby. Barrett once again shown his vast array of shot selection and fluid movement and Conwell did well to take some of the early punches and still be there coming forward and taking the fight to the ‘Brown Flash’But Barrett’s snappy start and accurate hurtful punches started to have effect and Conwell as brave as he was just had no answers to them. The end came in the 4th when after numerous shots, Barrett unleashed a hurtful whipping right that felled Conwell. He took an eight count from the ref and the fight was resumed. Conwell walked forward, Barrett touched with a couple of head shots and then dug in a left hook behind the elbow, into the ribs and the fight was over as Conwell fell again and didn’t make the ten count.

Barrett now stands in line for a British title shot and it seems his steady learning plan has paid dividends now he has stepped up a level and looks like a star in the making, Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett could well be the next big thing in British boxing.

Full Results from Leeds

2017-10-21, First Direct Arena, Leeds
Leon Woodstock   W UD 10/10 Craig Poxton  
Tyrone Nurse   L UD 12/12 Jack Catterall  
Josh Warrington   W TCO 10/12 Dennis Ceylan  
James Metcalf   W TCO 6/10 Damon Jones  
Zelfa Barrett   W KO 4/10 Chris Conwell  
Sam Maxwell   W KO 1/6 Gyula Tallosi  
Darren Tetley   W TCO 2/8 Terry Needham  
Reece Mould   W TCO 4/6 Colin O’Donovan  
Jack Bateson   W TCO 2/4 Kamil Jaworek  
Jack Daniel   W TCO 4/4 Roland Petrovics  
Tommy Langford   W PTS 6/6 Miguel Aguilar  
Jack Massey   W PTS 8/8 Blaise Mendouo

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