American Rau’shee Warren overturned his solitary career loss on Saturday night as the bantamweight star fulfilled a lifelong ambition to become a world champion.
The 29 year-old shared another entertaining twelve-rounder with hardened Dominican Juan Carlos Payano, eventually coming out on top via a close majority decision on the scorecards.
Warren’s victory in Chicago, Illinois means both fighters are the only blemish on each other’s records, and according to the new WBA and IBO title holder, sets up a third contest nicely for the near future.
“This feels great. It’s unbelievable. Payano came to put on a great fight but I came out victorious. It was a good fight. If he wants the rematch, we can do it again,” said Warren.
“I want to take it to another level. A third fight could be really big. I want Warren-Payano 3 in Cincinnati. If not, I’ll go after all the other champions.”
Payano, 32, echoed Warren’s sentiments and hopes that a trilogy encounter is forthcoming to settle the score once and for all following his initial split decision triumph in August 2015.
“I was courteous enough to offer the rematch right away and I hope that I get reciprocated the same way,” stated Payano after the fight.