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December 2, 2016

Eddie Hearn comments on Josh Warrington departure

Enzo Maccarinelli

Could Josh Warrington now be joining forces with promoter Frank Warren?

by Shaun Brown

It came as something of a bolt out of the blue this morning when boxing media inboxes received the news that Josh Warrington and Matchroom Boxing had parted ways.

The unbeaten 24-year-old featherweight (24-0, 5 KOs) who sits at number two and three in the WBC and IBF rankings respectively had looked well on course for a world title shot in 2017. This will now happen without promoter Eddie Hearn by his side.

In the statement issued by Matchroom Boxing earlier today, Hearn said: "Following the expiry of our contract in November we were asked to make a new offer to Josh."

"We did not share the same plans as his team and decided not to make any further offers. It's been great working with Josh and his support from the Leeds fans has been exceptional. We wish him and his team all the success in the future."

"All of us at Matchroom Boxing would like to wish Josh and his family all the success in the future."

Talking Boxing caught up with Hearn moments ago for additional comments:

"We put forward a couple of different fights. We just had different ideas about the next move and probably the previous move, and my concern was that we've done a lot of events now in Leeds, and we've seen ticket says slowly dwindling because people are waiting for that big fight. I feel like that big fight needs to have been last time or next time. It doesn't look like it is.

"Obviously there's going to be other opportunities out there for Josh, and I think he'd be better off taking those."

We asked Hearn if he understood why so many people were surprised by the news.

"Not really, no," he answered.

"We built him to a position where he feel like he's ready to go, but we're not able to push the button. So I don't want to waste anyone's time. Like I said, there will be more lucrative opportunities out there for him to do what he wants to do at the moment but it's not what we want to do. Very amicable, had a great relationship. Loved doing events in Leeds. A shame we're not going to do them anymore. We're in a position now where we've got to obviously deliver real fights and we're under pressure to do that, and I don't think the next couple will be those. I feel like we've done that now, we've been there five or six times. The last one was a huge card and ticket sales were significantly down. I think he can keep doing what he's doing and make really good money elsewhere. It's a good opportunity for him."

All eyes will now be on where Warrington goes with Frank Warren surely a red hot favourite to land the popular Yorkshireman, particularly after the promoter signed a broadcast deal with BT Sport last month.

Warren added one Yorkshireman to his ranks last Thursday when he signed British super lightweight champion Tyrone Nurse. Could we see Nurse and Warrington spearheading promotional cards for Warren in Leeds next year?