BUDDING young boxing stars pulled no punches as they got the chance to meet Leeds-born champion Josh Warrington.
The 24-year-old European, Commonwealth and WBC International Featherweight champion chatted to youngsters at a Leeds gym as he prepares for a potential world title showdown next year.
Nick Manners, who runs the Precise Accurate Training at Mabgate Mills, says Josh’s achievements have inspired children from across the city to start training and follow their dreams.
“It’s absolutely fantastic the inspiration that these kids have got from somebody like Josh,” he said.
“He came from nowhere basically but he has strived and persevered and resisted all the temptations and he has made something of himself and, you know what? Dreams can come true.”
Former professional boxer Nick, who is also a co-trainer for Josh, added: “The kids want to be like him and they tell me they want to work hard.
“It’s an incentive for them. I said I’d bring someone special to see them if they put some effort into their training, and they go from ducklings to swans!
“He really does inspire them.”
Josh, who was previously working as a dental technician, is preparing for a world title bout at Elland Road against Lee Selby.
As previously reported in the YEP, talks are already underway with Leeds United about staging a Selby v Warrington fight next summer.
Speaking previously to the YEP, Josh said: “It will be two or three more fights and then Elland Road.
“It all starts at the end of November/December in my quest to make myself mandatory for that title.
“Before it was just rumours but now they are having meetings with Leeds United and things like that. Plans are really moving forward.
“He’s got to keep winning, I’ve got to keep winning and then hopefully we will see a world title showdown at Elland Road next summer.”