Josh Warrington (19-0, 3KO’s) is the new European featherweight champion after stopping a game Davide Dieli (15-4, 5KO’s) in just the fourth round this evening at the First Direct arena in Leeds.
Both fighters seemed more than happy to trade hooks in the opening rounds of the contest with neither appearing to be fazed by the others power early on; however it was Warrington who was getting the better of the action backing his opponent up with several stiff jabs towards the rounds end in the first two stanzas.
Every blow Warrington landed was roared to the heavens by a rapturous home crowd which turned out in its droves to cheer their fighter to the title. He was quick and precise to the punch on several occasions and it become pretty clear that he was in a different league to his fellow challenger. His Italian opponent seemed completely over roared by the occasion going into the fourth and was on the end of a two punch combination which sent him crashing to the seat of his pants.
Dieli managed to make the count and tried to fight fire with fire with Warrington, which ultimately resulted in his downfall. An unanswered sustained attack drove the referee to jump in and stop the contest.
Warrington now holds the British, Commonwealth and European titles at 126 pounds and was asked about his ambitions post fight, “I’ve won this title now, I’d fight Nonito Donaire tomorrow if I could but its up to Eddie and my team to guide me and plan my next fight. I’ve been out three times this year and it would be nice to enjoy Christmas and have a rest.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn said, “I’ve never seen anything like this crowd. We’re going to build something massive here in Leeds. The crowd is mental and we’re going to look to take him all the way with their help.”