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Josh Warrington has hailed the “unbelievable” support that will see 10,000 fans witness his debut at a world boxing level at First Direct Arena this weekend.

Not that deep down the 24-year-old is that surprised, admitting: “In Leeds they get behind one of their own.”

Josh Warrington. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Josh Warrington. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Warrington is already a European, Commonwealth and British featherweight champion and takes on Dennis Tubieron in an official eliminator for the WBC world featherweight title at First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday evening.

Saturday’s victor will also pick up the vacant WBC international crown and Warrington already has world title bouts on his mind with the 24-year-old dreaming of becoming world champion as soon as next year.

The build up to Saturday’s Sky Sports televised fight continued yesterday when Warrington held an open training session at The Light in Leeds which will also stage Friday’s weigh-in.

Former Leeds United favourite Vinnie Jones will join Warrington at the weigh in, before joining the featherweight for his ring walk on Saturday evening.

Passionate Leeds United supporter Warrington will no doubt be welcomed by a raucous rendition of

Warrington told the

“This is the biggest fight of my career so far and It’s a world title eliminator so if I win this one I’ll be at that world level. Hopefully, later down the line such as next year, I’ll be looking at a big world title fight.”

Several hundred people stepped in from the sunshine to see Warrington in action during yesterday’s training session and the featherweight said: “It’s nice of them to come down and just a little glimpse of what is to come on Saturday night.”

Lee Selby celebrates after beating Eduardo Ramirez in their IBF World Featherweight Championship bout at the Copper Box, London last night.

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