Video: Leeds boxing hero Josh is in champion shape

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Leeds boxing champ Josh Warrington looked ahead today to a massive sporting occasion for his home city and declared: “I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for a long time.”




Josh will defend his WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles against Australia’s highly-rated Joel Brunker in front of a raucous hometown crowd at the city’s First Direct Arena on Saturday night.

The pair came face to face today at the Elland Road ground of Josh’s beloved Leeds United for a final press conference before the big fight.

And, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post ahead of the press conference, the man they call the Leeds Warrior was in upbeat mood.

Josh said: “I probably say this every time but I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for a long time. With this opponent, it’s maybe put the fear factor back into me and it’s made me train my backside off.

“I’ve really put the graft in, I’ve really been focused in training and I’m not willing to slip up in any way.

“Every session I have walked into the gym I have wanted to give it 100 per cent.

“I’ve really trained hard for this one and I’ll certainly be at my best for this fight.”

Asked if he would be using the England cricket team’s recent Ashes win over Australia to needle his opponent, he joked: “It might be worth whispering in his ear ‘I’m going to do the double over you’ or something like that! Just as we’re about to go at it!”

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