Josh Warrington's earlier title defense was pinpoint

Briton Josh Warrington defended his IBF Featherweight Championship title for the third time with a clear second-round victory over Sofiane Takoucht.

The 28-year-old Warrington knocked the French twice before the referee broke off the fight after another blow.

His victory inspired a thriving audience in his hometown of Leeds and served as a reminder of his power when he was aiming for a world title in 2020.

Warrington has now won all 30 of his bouts, with this seventh knockout.

"2020 we come for you all"

A relatively modest knockout rate prior to Takoucht's visit led many to wonder if Warrington had great power, and after his victory he called down the camera: "People say I can not beat."

He was expected to win, but when he was the first man to stop the 33-year-old Takoucht, Warrington was vicious and accurate.

Since Takoucht was vulnerable after a second knockdown, a series of hooks sent his head left and right, so referee Bob Williams had no choice but to end the fight with the remaining seconds of the round.

"The fans deserve it, and I was very frustrated when I did not reach an agreement on it," Warrington told BT Sport.

He made no secret of his anger, after 2018, when he won a world title against Lee Selby and brilliantly defended him against Carl Frampton, unable to win his dream fight in the US against one of the other World Division champions.

This was instead a tenth appearance in the main arena of his city in a career that began in 2009 in leisure centers and small hotels.

But with each victory he moves closer to a US debut and after the fight highlighted the names of WBC champion Gary Russell Jr. and China's Can Xu, who win the WBA title in November by defeating Manny Robles III could.

"I have made it very clear that I am open to each of them," said Warrington.

"Gary Russell Jr. is kicking around, Shakur Stevenson could fight for the WBO title, and if Xu Can wants the fight here, I'm here, leaving my options open."

"Everyone has their passports ready, and we'll pick you all in 2020."

On the undercard, Zelfa Barrett defended his super-featherweight Commonwealth Championship with a ninth-round stoppage by British Jordan McCorry.

Lyndon Arthur, Barrett's cousin, claimed the vacant Commonwealth light-heavyweight belt courtesy of a hard-working, unanimous point win over Ghana's Emmanuel Anim.

Takoucht had never been defeated in a 39-headed career in the distance