LEEDS’ Josh Warrington has promised he won’t be taking his opponent lightly when he boxes abroad for the first time tonight. (Feb 21)
The unbeaten European featherweight champion is fighting in Berlin on the undercard of Paul Smith’s WBO super-middleweight title rematch with Arthur Abraham.
Warrington is taking on Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez to help keep himself in prime shape ahead of his big night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds in April, but the 24-year-old is certainly not getting ahead of himself.
“Even though he’s not got an excellent record, he’s a fighter I cannot take lightly,” Warrington said.
“If I start doing that then it doesn’t matter who you’re in with, boxing is a sport where one punch can change it all. So
“I am as switched on as I would be if I was fighting for a title. If there was a banana skin out there, Leeds (in April) wouldn’t be happening.
“I’ve got to stay switched on and make sure I do the job properly.
“This is the first time I’ve boxed outside of the UK as a professional or an amateur, so I am looking forward to it.”
Warrington is scheduled to fight Dennis Tubieron on home soil on April 11 with the WBC International belt up for grabs, but that is not the only reason he is focused on getting the job done – he wants to sit ringside to see Smith take on Abraham again.
“I want to make sure I am in the front row and watch this one,” he said.
“There are going to be a few hundred Leeds fans going out there but I am sure there are plenty more Smith fans and we are all willing him on. I hope he does it.
“I am sure he knows what he has to do and it would be great to see.
“The British title used to be my goal when I started out but now I’ve got the European too, the world title is now my dream, too.”
And with his beloved Leeds United playing earlier in the day at Middlesbrough, Warrington has admitted he’ll try and see the game on television before he starts the preparation for his fight.
“I’ll definitely trying to find somewhere where I can watch,” he added.
“For my last fight, for the European title, Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds (1-1) was on and I managed to watch the match before the fight and started getting right psyched up.
“I’ll be watching this one as well.
“Hopefully it will put me in a good mood before I walk into the ring – or I am going to be even more fiery and take that anger into the ring.
“I don’t go to Elland Road myself on fight day.
“I normally just stay in the hotel and watch it. I get too psyched up and don’t talk to anyone.
“I just become a bit weird on fight day.”
Warrington’s fight with Tellez will be televised as part of Abraham v Smith rematch on Sky Sports 3 from 7.20pm tonight.