Josh Warrington fights but his title defence is off as Hyland fails to make weight

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington weighs in at the Corn Exchange, ahead of his fight with Patrick Hyland. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington weighs in at the Corn Exchange, ahead of his fight with Patrick Hyland. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

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LEEDS warrior Josh Warrington says boxing fans are in for a rare treat at tonight’s ‘Leeds Rumble’ at First Direct Arena – with Warrington’s clash against Patrick Hyland the icing on the cake.

Warrington looked destined to lock horns with IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby but instead takes on Irish challenger Hyland in the third defence of his WBC International featherweight crown. Warrington had hoped to fight Selby at Elland Road but when negotiations to secure the venue fell through, the Leeds boxer was offered a last-gasp opportunity to fight Selby at the Arena in July.

Leeds champion boxer Josh Warrington performs in an open workout at Leeds Trinity, ahead of this Saturday's fight at First Direct Arena, against Patrick Hyland. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Leeds champion boxer Josh Warrington performs in an open workout at Leeds Trinity, ahead of this Saturday's fight at First Direct Arena, against Patrick Hyland. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Warrington, who will marry his fiancée Natasha Lynch in three weeks’ time, wanted more time and suggested fighting Selby at the end of the year.

The Welshman – with a now or never approach – says that the eagerly-awaited showdown will not happen, but Warrington says fans are still in for a treat at First Direct Arena.

Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse also defends his British super-lightweight title against Hull’s Tommy Coyle – brother of Leeds United right-back Lewie – while Birmingham talent Gamal Yafai defends his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title against Barnsley’s Josh Wale. Ryan Burnett, Frankie Gavin, Sam Eggington and Dillian Whyte are also in action.

“Obviously it’s a good night out, not just to watch the fight but to have a good night,” said Warrington.

“And this time around it is one hell of a show.

“We have got fights from the first bell until the last, some good talent and some top Yorkshire talent as well. For all of those boxing fans out there, they are in for a right treat.”

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