THE NEXT opponent of Leeds champion boxer Josh Warrington said his mistake with cocaine was in the past after being teased about “party dust” ahead of a world title fight eliminator in October.
Danish fighter Dennis Ceylan tested positive for cocaine use in June forcing the British Boxing Board of Control to cancel his scheduled July fight with Sheffield’s Kid Galahad. Ceylan admitted to taking the social drug, declaring his act was “a mistake and a moment of weakness” for which he was “deeply sorry”.
But Ceylan returns to the ring to face unbeaten Leeds fighter Warrington for an IBF featherweight title final eliminator at first Direct Arena on Saturday, October 21. The victor will put themselves in a mandatory position to take on current IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby next spring.
Warrington is confident of achieving a 26th victory of a so far perfect career to set up an eagerly awaited showdown with Selby that could take place at Elland Road.
And Warrington’s immediate opponent declared that his “cocaine case” was now in the past as the two fighters exchanged words at a heated press conference in Leeds on Monday afternoon.
Warrington teased his opponent by saying: “By the way, don’t be taking any of that party dust before we fight mate.
“I know you have got a penchant for that. Wait until the after-fight party.”
Ceylan replied: “The cocaine – I took it and I took my time also. The past proves that.
“Now we are fighting so let’s look forward to that instead of the cocaine case.”
Like Warrington, current EBU European featherweight champion Ceylan is unbeaten with the Dane having taken 18 victories and two draws from his 20-fight career.
His bout with Warrington will present the Dane’s stiffest test yet and the 28-year-old has attempted to gain a psychological advantage by insisting that beating Warrington will prove an impossible task.
“I will not beat him,” said Ceylan, amid confused looks from those in attendance. “He is too good. Look at my arms, how skinny they are, how should I beat him? He’s a great fighter.”
Warrington, though, remains focused on the ultimate goal of finally taking on Selby for a shot at the IBF featherweight world title next year.
Warrington said: “A lot of stuff has been made over the last 12 to 18 months of me avoiding Selby or not wanting the Selby fight.
“There’s no other way of beating around the bush, It’s a load of rubbish.
“I have wanted that fight since day one.
“I’m coming for you Lee, you are going to be in a position where you can’t avoid me and that’s that.
“Believe what you want to believe, you will see when I pick that world title up over my head.”