Josh Warrington

When Elland Road erupted to acclaim Josh Warrington as the new IBF featherweight champion of the world it marked the pinnacle of a remarkable night for the Leeds-born fighter and our city as a whole. In defeating Lee Selby across 12 pulsating rounds, Warrington became the first man from Leeds to win a world boxing title. Coming into the fight as a 4-1 outsider with the bookies, the University of Leeds graduate produced the performance of a lifetime, showing relentless energy and courage in front of a partisan crowd as he inflicted Selby’s first defeat in nine years and only the second of a glittering career. BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello called it “magical” and few amongst the 20,000 who were there on that astonishing night would disagree.