The IBF featherweight champion (57.2 kg), 30-year-old Briton Josh Warrington (30-0-0, 7 KO) has relinquished the belt, as announced by the fighter’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
The reason was the refusal of people from the IBF to sanction a unification duel with the holder of the WBA Regular title, Chinese Xu Tsan (18-2-0, 3 KO).
“It was too important for Josh to get into the big fight after February 13th. He is aiming for The Ring, and we have to match him with Gary Russell in late April or early May. I have already talked with his manager Luis DeCubas, ”Hearn commented on the news.