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WIN: Josh Warrington world title fight tickets at Leeds United's Elland Road on May 19

Leeds Warrior Josh Warrington is promising a Rocky style underdog win over Lee Selby to become the city's first ever boxing world champion next month and you could be there - we have tickets to be won.

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Leeds boxer Young looking to pass Ultimate test in Manchester

LEEDS boxer Thomas Young will bid to become the first Ultimate Boxxer champion at the Manchester Arena next Friday (April 27).

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Leeds stars Kaiser Chiefs set to rock Elland Road ahead of World Championship boxing bout

Boxer Josh Warrington will enter the ring to a live performance from Leeds superstars Kaiser Chiefs at Elland Road next month ahead of his IBF Featherweight World Championship bout.
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Leeds boxer Ellis Price. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Boxing: Hunslet Club’s Price claims national title

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Nicola Adams to fight on Josh Warrington v Lee Selby world title undercard at Leeds United's Elland Road on Saturday, May 19.

BREAKING: Leeds golden girl Nicola Adams to fight on Josh Warrington v Lee Selby world title bill

Leeds golden girl Nicola Adams will fight for the fourth time as a professional on the undercard of Josh Warrington's clash with Lee Selby for the IBF Featherweight crown at Elland Road on Saturday, May 19.

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Natasha Gale: Makes her bow in a multi-sport event in Australia. (Picture: Howard Roe)

Commonwealth Games: Gold Coast part of triple bid for European champion Gale

LEEDS boxing prospect Natasha Gale admits she is spoilt for choice pin-pointing a 2018 sporting highlight but there is no denying the lure of her first team event at the Commonwealth Games.

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WIN: Josh Warrington v Lee Selby world title boxing tickets for showdown at Leeds United's Elland Road on May 19

Box clever today and you could win tickets to see sporting history - with home town hero Josh Warrington vowing to become Leeds' first ever professional world boxing champion.

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Up for grabs:  two silver VIP boxing tickets for Lee Selbys IBF world featherweight title defence against Leedss very own Josh Warrington on 19 May.

Win Leeds United and Warrington vs Selby Hospitality tickets

One smart fan will win a pair of Warrington vs Selby and a pair of Leeds United vs QPR hospitality tickets, presented by Noel Whelan at Elland Road.

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Photo gallery: 2018 Leeds Sports Awards - all the action from the ceremony

THE city’s sporting stars were hailed at the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards.

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Qais Ashfaq

LEEDS boxer Qais Ashfaq has quickly set his sights on Ashley Lane’s super bantamweight Commonwealth title, believing a great amateur career will be followed by even bigger achievements as a pro’. Ashfaq bagged silver medals at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships as an amateur, as well as a Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal and European Games bronze. The Leeds fighter who turns 25 today had ultimately hoped to have his crowning moment at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the fighter but a nightmare preparation led to an early exit in the first round. Ashfaq broke his nose two months before his date with destiny in South America and then injured his hand before his preliminary round bout with Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee. But the Leeds ace says he is now back at the peak of his powers, two weeks after his first fight and first victory since turning his attention to the professional ranks. After initially turning pro with David Haye’s Hayemaker Ringstar team last summer, Ashfaq has since moved stables and joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing team in the new year. Matchroom quickly handed the fighter his pro’ debut and Brett Fidoe was defeated at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester last month. The victory formed part of a memorable weekend for Ashfaq who then got engaged to his girlfriend the following day. The next boxing engagement will now present itself on April 21 with Ashfaq set to fight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena as part of the undercard for Amir Khan’s bout with Phil Lo Greco but Ashfaq already has designs on winning titles in only first year as a professional. Weighing up his achievements as an amateur against his aspirations as a pro’, Ashfaq told the YEP: “I had a great amateur career. “I got to the Olympics but with that last result at the Olympics, it was very upsetting. “But I have just got to move on, I have got to put it behind me now and show exactly how good I am and that I am the best in the pro game. “I still want to be the best. “They asked me this after the fight on TV, what are my ambitions for the pro’ game and I said it’s the same as the amateur game. “I wanted to be the best in the amateur game and I’m looking at it just the same in the pros. “The kid who has got the Commonwealth title – Ashley Lane he’s called – I’m already looking at him now and the end of this year maybe if we can and if we can get a fight with him. “But it depends on how we progress and how I do the rounds and it’s up to my coaches and management. “It depends on how fast and how quick they want to push me but I’m ready whenever they are.” Ashfaq will certainly be living life in the fast lane during 2018 with a wedding to now look forward to following his proposal in Manchester the day after his pro debut. “I was as smooth as my boxing style,” laughed Ashfaq, asked how he had proposed. “I took her to a place called Cloud 23 which is a skytop bar with a nice view. “I had a scroll with a ribbon with a nice little message on it and then she looked down and then for the first time ever I was on one knee. “I thought I had tripped at first!” Yet Ashfaq does not envisage hitting the deck in the boxing ring with the Leeds ace quite happy to discuss the possibility of taking his division’s big names and furthermore extremely confident of beating them. Ashfaq reasoned: “A Mexican kid called Rey Vargas holds the WBC belt and he is the kid that beat Gavin McDonnell. “Gavin challenged him for the title but he beat Gavin quite comfortably. “Gavin used to have all of the titles and he is on my radar and the British title is held by Tom Ward. “They are all on my radar really but I know for a fact I am more than capable of beating them all. “Gavin McDonnell is world level and I feel like I can beat him. I think I am better than them already technically, without a doubt. “But for me it’s just about getting used to the pace and the different rounds and being able to reserve energy and stuff like that rather than the three rounds when you are not in the pros, like a sprint I guess everyone calls it. “With the pro game, especially with kids like Gavin, he’s a good durable, fit all round fighter and he sets a good pace but still saves his energy. “But I’ve had my pro debut now and I will do six rounds next. “I want to get used to the higher rounds but there’s no doubt about it in my mind, I can beat all of these names.”

After a successful amateur career, the confident Leeds bantamweight turned pro’ last summer and is already plotting a way to British, Commonwealth and World title successes. Lee Sobot reports.

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Leeds boxer Price sets his sights on Olympic challenge

UPWARDLY mobile Leeds puncher Hope Price has set his sights on qualifying for this year’s Youth Olympic Games at the first attempt at next month’s EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships in Italy.

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World of boxing pays tribute to tragic Scott Westgarth

World of boxing pays tribute to tragic Scott Westgarth

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THOMAS Young started boxing because he fancied trying something different.

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VIDEO: Tickets on sale to see Leeds Warrior Josh Warrington v Lee Selby world title fight at Elland Road

Tickets to see Leeds Warrior Josh Warrington fight rival Lee Selby for boxing's IBF World Featherweight title at Elland Road go on general sale on Monday, February 12 at 10.30am.

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Australia bound: Team England boxer Natasha Gale. (Picture: Andrew Roe)

Natasha Gale handed her shot at Commonwealth Games medal glory in Australia

LEEDS’ European champion Natasha Gale has been named as one of 12 boxers set to represent England at April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

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Josh Warrington’s not worried by underdog tag for Lee Selby showdown

UNBEATEN Leeds boxing ace Josh Warrington is confident of defying the unfamiliar tag of underdog in May’s IBF world featherweight title bout against Welsh foe Lee Selby at Elland Road.

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Leeds boxer Qais Ashfaq.

Leeds Olympian Qais Ashfaq signs up with Matchroom Boxing

Yorkshire Olympian Qais Ashfaq has signed with Matchroom Boxing in a bid to kickstart his professional career.

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VIDEO – Boxing: Warrington predicts world-title holder Selby will melt in Elland Road cauldron

JOSH WARRINGTON believes his world title opponent Lee Selby will crumble in a white-hot atmosphere at Elland Road with the fighter describing the city’s partisan fans as “a different breed”.

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