Time to dream for Warrington

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: April 30 2014, 15:28 BST

Featherweight Josh Warrington hopes his dream of winning a British title comes true in his home city of Leeds next month.

Josh Warrington: Hopes to to get a shot at the British title
Josh Warrington: Hopes to to get a shot at the British title

The reigning Commonwealth champion defends his strap against tough Ulsterman Martin Lindsay in front of his army of fans at the city's newly-built Arena on Wednesday, May 21.

And now he is waiting for confirmation that the coveted British title will also be on the line with current holder Lee Selby set to give up the Lonsdale belt ahead of a world title eliminator with Romulu Koasicha on May 17

"It doesn't come much bigger than fighting in your home city and now the British title could be at stake as well - that would be two dreams come true for me," the unbeaten 23-year-old told sportinglife.com.

"The British title is very prestigious - it's a beautiful belt and it holds such a lot of history. Most people when they start out in boxing dream of winning it and I'm no different - it's an absolutely massive opportunity for me.

"And if I could win it in Leeds, then it doesn't get any better than that. It's a terrific venue - a brand new arena. I used to drive past it every day coming from work and I used to say that I'd like to fight there one day.

"I get great support wherever I fight but this is on the doorstep and for many people it might be the first time they come to the Arena. I'm hoping that people have heard about me now and will want to come and see me live."

Warrington (17-0 2KOs) won the Commonwealth title last November when he beat Hull's Samir Mouneimne in his own backyard courtesy of a 12th round stoppage.

Then earlier this month he beat former world title challenger Rendall Munroe in Manchester, halting the Leicester binman in six rounds.

It gets no easier with Belfast's Lindsey (20-2 7KOs) next in line, but Warrington insists he is relishing all the challenges being placed in front of him.

"I'm just one of these lads who will fight anyone - I've never turned a fight down," he said.

"If they asked me to fight for the European title tomorrow I would - if I could fight for the world title next week I would.

"It's what we do as fighters. Boxing is on the crest of a wave at the moment and people don't want to see mis-matches, they want to see 50/50 fights where it's hard to predict the winner.

"Fighting these big names will bring the best out of me and I think I'm starting to show that. Lindsay is another tough test. He's got some great names on his record and has beaten some top fighters.

"He'll come to Leeds wanting to win. But I'm determined to make it my night. I hope it's a night all my fans will remember and hopefully we can put Leeds on the boxing map."

A huge bill of boxing, live on Sky Sports, sees Stephen Smith challenge Fernando David Saucedo for the Argentinian's WBC Silver Featherweight title in a crunch world title eliminator bout, Gavin McDonnell defends the British super-bantamweight title against Josh Wale, Kal Yafai goes for the Commonwealth super-flyweight title and there's a return to action for Hull's Tommy Coyle after his epic win over Daniel Brizuela.

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