Boxing: Leeds’ own Warrington to face Tubieron in world title eliminator

Josh Warrington celebrates victory against Davide Dieli.
Josh Warrington celebrates victory against Davide Dieli.
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Superstar Leeds boxer Josh Warrington is set for the biggest fight of his life when he boxes in front of a home crowd of thousands this Spring as he firmly sets his sights on becoming world champion.

Josh will face Dennis Tubieron in an official eliminator for the WBC World Featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 11.

The bout will be the third time Josh has boxed at the arena with the match also set to be screened live on Sky Sports.

If he can get past Tubieron his next fight could be against current world champion, Mexican Jhonny González.

The match up is the latest step on Josh’s meteoric rise over the last year.

Having built up a sizeable crowd in his home city, the dental technician came up from the city’s famed East Leeds Amateur Boxing Club, on York Road, also home to Olympic Gold medallist Nicola Adams.

Josh said: “Leeds in April is something to look forward to. The last two times have been very special and it is only going to get bigger and better.

“There are a lot of options and lots of routes I can go down. I have the British, Commonwealth and European titles so I can defend any of those, or move on and look towards World title eliminators.

“Either way, it will be a huge fight and a great night.”

Warrington’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “I can’t wait to return to the First Direct Arena in Leeds in April.

“The atmosphere we witnessed back in October was very special and Leeds is now established as a pivotal stop on our boxing calendar.

Having boxed twice inside his intimidating fortress at the arena, picking up the vacant WBC International crown in the process, the April bout will be his toughest task to date in the shape of ‘The Scorpion’ from the Philippines, who boxed for that title in December with his clash against Carlo Magali ending in a controversial draw.

Josh, 24 and ranked third in the world, will first have to contend with a trip to Berlin on the under card of Paul Smith’s World title rematch against Arthur Abraham on February 21.

Also on the bill in April will be former British Light Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly as he targets German WBA champ Jurgen Braehmer.

Tickets are on sale from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and at www.firstdirectarena.com.

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