Josh Warrington has parted ways with Frank Warren and joined up with rival promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Leeds fighter made a surprise move from Hearn’s Matchroom to join Warren’s Queensberry Promotions back in 2016 and went on to become IBF featherweight world champion.
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In his first two bouts with Warren, Warrington defeated Kiko Martinez and Dennis Ceylan to secure his shot at the world title against Lee Selby.
He then dethroned Selby at Elland Road – the home of his beloved Leeds United – in May 2018 and went on to successfully defend his IBF belt against Carl Frampton seven months later.
Warrington fought twice last year, beating Kid Galahad and Sofiane Takoucht, to extend his professional record to 30-0.
Warren had been in talks for his man to secure a unification with WBO featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson in May, but with a deal not done the Leeds man has now decided to head in a different direction and rejoin Hearn’s stable.
Warrington will now compete on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 12, 2020
“I am happy to say that we delivered for Josh on every level and helped him realise his goals in the sport,” said Warren.
“We all wish Josh every success for the future and will always remember the great nights we enjoyed in Leeds.”
On his move to Matchroom, Warrington said: “It’s great to be back with Matchroom and Sky and I’m very excited about the future.
“I’m looking forward to going on to achieve my dreams of both fighting in the USA and unifying the division.”
Hearn added: “I’m ecstatic to welcome Josh Warrington back to Matchroom.
“We had some amazing times helping to build Josh in Leeds and now we re-unite at a time when he is the king of the division.
“Josh has some of the most loyal and passionate supporters in sport and we look forward to delivering nights they will never forget.
“There is so much more for Josh to accomplish and today starts a new chapter in the thrilling Josh Warrington story.”