Josh Warrington’s hunger for a big fight remains!
One of the typical responses that fighters have been undergoing, having been forcefully separated from boxing, is finding a new appreciation for their craft. Without being able to travel, train or even view the sport as they normal could countless boxers are dying to get back in the ring. One such fighter is IBF world featherweight champion Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington (30-0, 7 KO’s).
Like so many of his boxing brethren, Warrington is itching to hear his first call of duty since the resumption of boxing as told to SecondsOut. For the UK champion, the time on the sidelines stewing in his own desire to return has only served to strengthen his hunger for success.
“Being away from it has made me realize how much I love the sport and like I said, as a kid I would have pinched myself to be in a position that I am at. To be able to fight on big stages, we’re talking about going around the world, box office shows, unification fights, it blows my head at times when I sit down and think about it.”
Aside from simply rekindling his own personal passion for the sport, Warrington has thought long and hard on the division and the major players there within. Any way you slice it, there are a number of bouts to be made ranging from other featherweight champions like WBO belt holder“Fearless” Shakur Stevenson, WBC titlist “Mr.” Gary Russell or his one time next assignment regular WBA champ “Monster” Can Xu.
Yet, given his preference Warrington already has his preferred pecking order laid out.
“Look, if I could have it my own way I’d have it champion after champion. I’d go into Can Xu. I’d go into Gary Russell after that, [then] I’d go into Shakur after that.
“I’ve got a long list! There’s Valdez, Santa Cruz, Joseph Diaz at some point because we were meant to fight. He’s gone up to 130 and won a world title there. Listen I think I could’ve beaten him tomorrow.
“These are all the names but they’re exciting fights as well. The names that I am talking about they all have decent profiles and I could imagine that we’d make great fights. I could be boxing until I am forty!”
Clearly Warrington has his mind set on big things! It will be interesting to see who the Leeds Warrior pens a bout with next.
By: Bakari Simpson