CHAMPION: Josh Warrington is focusing on bigger and better things for 2014
JOSH WARRINGTON has vowed to deliver a bold statement when he makes a second defence of his English featherweight crown next month.
Batley’s Central Boxing Club talent is to top a star-studded bill at Leeds United’s Elland Road Pavilion, involving Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes and his fellow stablemate Femi Fehintola.
Tommy Coyle, who went toe-to-toe with Derry Mathews last month, and light-welterweight puncher Adil Anwar are also set to feature in the hugely-anticipated September 27 event.
Undefeated Warrington, 22, is likely to have an opponent confirmed before the end of August but having not appeared since March, the Leeds-born boxer says he is eager to make a long-awaited ring return.
“It looks like a cracking bill, there are going to be some fantastic fighters on show,” Warrington told The Press.
“I am desperate to get back out there and prove a point, it has been some time now and I have huge ambitions.
“This will be another English title defence, but it will be by far the most important fight of my career.
“I am chasing the British title now and a shot on that front could come early in 2014, if not before the end of the year.
“It is all about progression and making sure the top three in this division know I am here and waiting to pounce.”
With rumours circling that reigning British featherweight champion Lee Selby will vacate his crown before the end of 2013, Warrington – a massive Leeds United fan – realises he must impresses next month.
“For me fighting by Elland Road is another dream come true,” added Warrington, who returned to training in July.
“I made a huge statement when I first won the English title – away from home – and I made an even bigger one when I defended it at Leeds Town Hall.
“But now the time has come for me to send a clear and direct message to the British Boxing Board of Control, letting them know I am ready to fight for the big titles.
“I am obviously hoping for a sell-out crowd and that should be more than possible after the Leeds Town Hall show. There are plenty of big ticket sellers taking part.
“There is no word on an opponent at this stage, but I am expecting to hear something in the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, Sykes, who also trains out of Central Boxing Club, in Batley, looks set to fight a six-round contest in preparation for a promised British super-featherweight title shot later this year.
By Ryan Sparks