SHOPPERS in Leeds got a shock as young boxer Josh Warrington stepped into the ring at Trinity Leeds today.
Josh got some training under his belt at a special boxing ring at the shopping centre in preparation for his big fight next week.
The 23-year-old, who used to attend John Smeaton High School in Crossgates, stole the show as thousands of passersby stopped to watch his rather public training session.
Josh held the demonstration ahead of his clash with Davide Diele on October 4, which will see the two will battle it out for the European Featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and follows Josh’s hometown victory at the arena in May this year, where he fought Martin Lindsay to win the Commonwealth Featherweight title.
The clash tops a bill with former two-weight World champion Ricky Burns, Light Middleweight World title challenger Brian Rose and Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith.
Fans have been flocking to Twitter in support of the young boxer before his big fight.
Wakefield Wildcats player Richard Mathers said he would be joining Leeds Rhinos star Danny McGuire and Newcastle Falcons’ Lee Smith to watch the fight at the arena.
He added: “Cant wait to watch [Josh] ...not been to Leeds Arena yet, it’ll be pumping!”
Fight night sponsors Grosvenor Casino will be at the arena with their ‘Fight Night Predictor’, where fans will get the chance to predict the result of Josh’s fight with the Italian.
Tickets for the fight next week are on sale now and start at £30.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.firstdirectarena.com or call 0844 248 1585.