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Who could Josh Warrington face in bid to unify featherweight title?

Who could Josh Warrington face in bid to unify featherweight title?
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The Leeds boxer has reunited with promoter Eddie Hearn.

Leeds champion Josh Warrington will step up his bid for world featherweight title unification bouts after reuniting with promoter Eddie Hearn.

Hearn is close to sealing a deal for Warrington to have his next fight at his home city's Headingley Stadium this summer, probably against China's WBA champion Xu Can .

Here the PA news agency weighs up Warrington's route towards the top of his sport.

Xu Can

Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn is close to landing a bout between Josh Warrington and Can Xu (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Xu has made two defences of the WBA crown and is regarded as an all-action opponent, albeit one possessing negligible power. Appears to be the favoured option for Warrington's imminent Headingley date.

Kid Galahad

Josh Warrington
Josh Warrington edged past Kid Galahad last year (PA Archive)

Warrington's unification plans will have to be put on hold at some stage in order to entertain his mandatory defence against Kid Galahad, whom he has already – controversially – beaten in June last year.

Gary Russell Jr

Josh Warrington
Josh Warrington and Eddie Hearn want to lure Gary Russell Jr. to the UK (Bradley Collyer/PA)

The long-time WBC king would be a big draw with a mouth to match. He has already upset Warrington over unpleasant taunts he made to a mutual rival last year. A showdown with Russell would guarantee to generate headlines.

Shakur Stevenson

Arguably the biggest name in the division, US Olympian Stevenson had been lined up as a future Warrington opponent under his previous promoter Frank Warren. Stevenson's promoter Bob Arum has already indicated he would be ready to complete the deal.

Leo Santa Cruz

Josh Warrington
Josh Warrington would love to cap his career with a trip to the US (Bradley Collyer/PA)

A bout with Santa Cruz, the current featherweight 'super' champion – although he moved up a division for his last fight – would be regarded as the pinnacle of Warrington's career, and could likely constitute his Stateside bow.

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