Last night at Elland Road, home of course to Leeds United, Josh Warrington won the IBF Featherweight title with victory over Welsh boxer Lee Selby.

It was a sweet victory for local lad Warrington who is a self-confessed Leeds United fan. Winning the world title, and remaining unbeaten, at the ground where he watches his team left the Leeds lad saying that he could now die happy. It also left him craving a fry up.

The match itself was attended by over 22,000 boxing aficionados, amongst then many 1000s of Leeds United fans. The sound of ‘Marching on Together’, ‘All Leeds Are We’ and other Elland Road terrace favourites could be heard bouncing around the stadium.

There had been a fair amount of ‘needle’ between both Warrington and Selby in the build up to the bout. It was something that was referred to by Cardiff City player Anthony Pilkington in the following tweet:

The tweet itself does pick up on the doubt that many Warrington fans had ahead of the match-up with Selby, the Welshman being a slick and consummate boxer. However, the send off in saying “So Cute having to turn to a boxer to win something at Elland Road though” was bound to get a response from Leeds United fans.

It had the required and expected effect.

Leeds United fans respond to Anthony Pilikngton tweet

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