Josh Warrington: A Profile of ‘The Leeds Warrior’
By Isaac Martin
‘When Warrington fights in his home city although boxing maybe a one on one sport, Warrington’s opponents surely feel like they are coming up against something much bigger.’– A Profile of ‘The Leeds Warrior’
This Saturday night Josh Warrington returns to the ring to defend his IBF featherweight title as he faces Frenchmen Sofiane Takoucht at the First Direct Arena in his beloved home city of Leeds, where he will be looking to improve on his record of 29 wins from 29 fights (including 6 knockouts).
Warrington is also the former WBC International European, British and Commonwealth Featherweight Champion.
A brief history in the professional game:
Warrington turned professional in 2009 and won on his professional debut against Wolverhampton’s Delroy Spencer (11-89-3) before defeating Latvia’s Pavels Senkovs (2-10-2), winning both four-round contests by 40-36 points decision.
In 2010, Warrington won all three of his fights, defeating Danny McDermid (0-1), John Riley (0-0) and Youssef Al Hamidi (7-27-2), winning all his four-round contests by points decision.
In 2017 after buzz for Warrington was growing, Frank Warren said he was confident of delivering a first world title shot for Warrington as well as several shows in Leeds in 2017. Something Josh admitted that he had always dreamed of.
He made history in 2018 with his win over Lee Selby, making him the first male boxer from Leeds to win a world title.
More recently Warrington has defeated Carl Frampton (December 2018) which was voted British fight of the year and Kid Galahad (June 2019).
The Leeds United Connection:
One thing that Warrington has in his arsenal that many fighters could only dream of is his massive following. The fighter is Leeds United through and through and although he’s rarely seen bigging up his own skills or trash talking his opponents, fans will come far and wide to watch the fighter and that’s simply because of his massive love for his favourite football club.
Lucas Radebe, Vinnie Jones, Jermaine Beckford, Liam Cooper, Dominic Matteo & Gaetano Berardi are all names that have recently walked the fighter out of into the ring (With Spanish Midfielder Pablo Hernandez doing the honours this weekend) and amazingly when Warrington fights in his home city although boxing maybe a one on one sport, Warrington’s opponents surely feel like they are coming up against something much bigger.
The Leeds United fans often fill the fight nights much like they fill their beloved Elland Road at 3pm every weekend and sing like it to. In return for massive support Josh is also often seen helping the community and can be often caught helping out grassroot schemes or showing his face at children’s hospitals.
Warrington has made it no secret that he one day wants to fight the big names in the featherweight division over the pond in America. Ahead of Saturdays bought the fighter told The Independent,
‘I have always wanted a big fight against a big name in America’.
If Warrington can do the business convincingly this weekend then there’s no reason as to why his wish can’t come true, let’s just hope his massive mob of fans will be feeling a trip stateside.
Americans prepare yourself, the Leeds United hymn of ‘Marching on Together’ may soon be coming to a boxing venue near you!