YEP Says, September 5: Come on Josh - we’re all Leeds aren’t we?

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LEEDS sport is on the crest of a wave.

One week on from Leeds Rhinos’ fabulous 50-0 thrashing of Hull to clinch the Challenge Cup, the spotlight turns to former John Smeaton Academy pupil Josh Warrington when he defends two of his titles this evening.

The unbeaten boxer’s Commonwealth and International Featherweight belts are on the line - but win tonight and Leeds could be looking at a world champion no less in 2016.

Our city has seen some monumental sporting occasions in recent years but an Elland Road world title fight between Warrington and current British champion Lee Selby next summer would take some topping.

That’s the long-term plan - but first Warrington must pass tonight’s assignment against Australian challenger Joel Brunker at First Direct Arena.

Over 10,000 spectators will fill the venue which is becoming famed for its partisan atmosphere when Warrington fights, But imagine the atmosphere - and the volume - at Elland Road for a world title fight at the home of the football club Warrington so dearly supports. It’s barely a year since the Tour de France brought a carnival atmosphere to the city and the World Triathlon series is coming here in June 2016 bringing with it the prospect of home-ground glory for the Brownlee brothers before they head off to Rio for the Olympis. A nd we mustn’ t forget the part Elland Road will play in back-to -back Rugby World Cup matches just later this month.

Now we have 24-year-old Josh putting the city of Leeds firmly on the worldwide boxing map.

Marching On Together....Leeds, Warrington, and the city’s thriving sports scene as a whole. Come on Josh. All Leeds aren’t we?

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