Warrington geared up to fight in front of home crowd

Josh Warrington shows off his championship belt when introduced to the Leeds United crowd at half-time of the game against Middlesbrough at Elland Road
Josh Warrington shows off his championship belt when introduced to the Leeds United crowd at half-time of the game against Middlesbrough at Elland Road

ENGLISH featherweight champion Josh Warrington is gearing up to fight in front of a big home crowd when he meets Devon’s Jamie Speight in the first defence of his crown at Leeds Town Hall on March 22.

Warrington travels from his home in Leeds to train out of the Central Club in Batley and he is set to be backed by a large partizan following.

Warrington has won all 13 of his fights to date, including capturing the English title against Chris Male in November.

The Leeds United fan was invited to parade his belt at Elland Road during the Middlesbrough match before Christmas and the 22-year-old is relishing the chance to bring more success to his home city.

Warrington said: “The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable and the response I have had since going onto the pitch at Elland Road has been phenomenal.

“I have been receiving messages of support from Leeds fans all over, who are saying they are backing one of their own and can’t wait to watch me box.

“Carl Johanneson has left a decent legacy and I’m looking to follow on from that. It’s great now that we have some good fighters coming out of West Yorkshire.

“By the end of March the Central is looking to have two English champions and with people talking about Tony’s comeback these are exciting times.”

Anyone wanting tickets for the March 22 show, which also looks set to include Hull lightweight Tommy Coyle, can get in touch with Josh on twitter @J_Warrington.