Trainer and father predicts a short night's work for Central star Josh Warrington

Trainer and father predicts a short night's work for Central star Josh Warrington

JOSH WARRINGTON will not have to go the distance in order to clinch the coveted featherweight Commonwealth title tomorrow night (Saturday).

That is according to father and trainer Sean O’Hagan, who insists favourite Samir Mouneimne is “very worried”.

English champion Warrington, 22, boasts a perfect record, having notched up 15 victories in as many professional contests and fights out of Batley’s Central Boxing Club.

His opponent, fighting out of his hometown of Hull following an eight-month lay-off, has 12 wins to his name and one draw.

Mouneimne is famous for his 2009 triumph over current British featherweight champion Lee Selby, who vacated the Commonwealth prize on offer this weekend.

Warrington made a successful second defence of his national crown, which will not be on the line, in September, beating Ian Bailey over 10 rounds.

Berkshire-based Bailey was also Mouneimne’s last opponent, back in March, when the East Yorkshireman scored an impressive knockout victory.

However, O’Hagan believes Mouneimne’s inactivity will prove costly and is predicting a short night’s work for his son.

“It is only going to go one way, Josh is certainly not going there to make the numbers up,” he claimed.

“I believe Samir and his team are very worried about Saturday, very worried.

“People are talking about his power, but he hasn’t fought for eight months and, when he did, he knocked out Ian Bailey – who had been given two days’ notice for the fight.

“Josh gave Ian over 12 weeks’ notice and he schooled him in a fairly straightforward fight.

“I don’t believe Samir will be able to keep up with the pace set, I honestly cannot see it going the full 12 rounds.

“I feel people are in for a big shock come fight night. Training has gone superbly and Josh is in perfect condition.”

Warrington accepted the November 2 contest, which is to be screened live on Sky Sports from 8pm, at the beginning of October.

Despite having had only four full weeks to prepare since his last outing, O’Hagan is fully confident of success.

“We haven’t had a great deal of time, but we did anticipate being thrown into a big fight quite soon after the last one,” he added.

“We knew something was on the cards and we worked it into our last training camp, making preparation for this one much easier.

“If Josh can win this title it will open big, big doors. We know what is at stake here and I know Josh can deliver.”

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