Josh Warrington predicts a '˜war' with Hyland in Leeds

Josh Warrington wants a '˜war' to showcase his power when he defends his WBC international featherweight title against Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on July 30.

Monday, 4th July 2016, 4:16 pm
Updated Monday, 4th July 2016, 5:22 pm
Josh Warrington defends his title against Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30. (Picture: Lawrence Lustig)

Warrington makes the third defence of his title having been taken the distance in two challenging battles at his hometown fortress.

The 25-year-old, who defeated Joel Brunker and Hisashi Amagasa, now faces Irish fans’-favourite Hyland, who is back in action having challenged WBC king Gary Russell Jr for the world title in April.

And Warrington believes the challengers’ come-forward style will make for an entertaining bout.

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“Amagasa and Brunker were tough nights but we got the wins,” said Warrington.

“Patrick has respect for me and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s boxed for the world title earlier in the year so he’s been in with the very best and I know that this is a tough examination for me.

“I had to box clever in the last few fights, but I think this one will be toe-to-toe. Patrick doesn’t take a backwards step in his fights and I think that I’ll be able to show on July 30 that I can really dig and I think it’s going to be a great main event and one that I’ll shine in.

“This is a great show – it’s the best we’ve done so far in Leeds. The fans have put their hands in their pockets time and time again to come and see me and I think we’re delivering a brilliant card for them – the card oozes talent from top to bottom and it’s going to be a great night.”