The YEP's Phil Hay headed down to the Leeds Warrior's training camp in Batley with photographer Steve Riding to get the lowdown on his preparation for his IBF title defence. Check out some exclusive shots below.
After a career-defining IBF title win over Lee Selby in May, Josh Warrington was back in the gym by the beginning of July. Weve been ticking over properly since September and this camp officially started 12 weeks ago, he said.
Warrington rejected the option of a routine first defence to fight Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena on December 22. Weve never turned down the big fights, Warrington said. I want (WBO champion) Oscar Valdez after this.
Dickys Gym in Batley has been Warringtons training base since 2012. It was previously home to retired Yorkshire fighters Femi Fehintola and Gary Sykes.
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Dickys Gym owner Mark Hurley works as Warringtons strength and conditioning coach. He was part of the team which prepared the 28-year-old for his bout with Selby
Warringtons father and trainer Sean OHagan (right) and Hurley look on as Warrington works a punch bag and sharpens his footwork.
Despite Warrington holding the IBF title and Frampton being without a world belt, the Belfast fighter is rated by the Board of Control as Britains number one nine-stoner, with Warrington ranked second.
OHagan raised Warrington and his two brothers, Tom and Marcus, alone after splitting with his wife while Warrington was in his teens. He was always my hero who I turned to for advice, Warrington said.
Warrington will have completed over 150 rounds of sparring, and close to 200, by the time he and Frampton hear the first bell in two weeks time. His schedule this week included three separate sparring sessions.
Selby spent time in Los Angeles preparing for his clash with Warrington but Warrington always prepares in Batley, with regular runs around Temple Newsam. Youve got to be comfortable. I like my pals and my family around me.
Warrington has been trained by OHagan since his earliest days as an amateur. They confess to regular fall-outs, but the fall-outs never last for long. Ive always have that bond with my dad, he said.
YEP writer Phil Hay interviewing Warrington and OHagan at Dickys Gym. Warringtons name first appeared in the YEP in 2002 when, at the age of 11, reached the North of England amateur finals.
Warringtons coveted IBF title, which he will defend for the first time against Frampton. The official belt was left with IBF representatives on the night of his win over Lee Selby. He received a replica a few weeks later.