LEEDS star Josh Warrington has set his sights on an Elland Road world title fight with Lee Selby after maintaining his unbeaten record with victory against Dennis Tubieron at a packed First Direct Arena.
A partisan crowd of 10,000 made a crescendo of noise for Warrington on Saturday night, who added the WBC international featherweight title to his armoury by landing what was also an official eliminator for the WBC featherweight crown, held by Gary Russell Jr.
Warrington hailed his Leeds following as the “best fans in the world” – and immediately set his sights on a mouth-watering 2016 IBF world clash with Selby.
The 24-year-old is already a European, Commonwealth and British champion and now also holds the WBC international featherweight crown after his victory against Tubieron improved his already-impressive record to 21-0.
Welshman Selby will fight for the IBF world title against Russian Evgveny Gradovich on May 30 and Warrington says he will look to defend his European crown before hunting down a clash with the Welshman, who he tipped to win next month.
“I’ve heard Lee Selby saying he’d come to Leeds and give me a good hiding,” said Warrington.
“I look forward to that as Elland Road can be deafening and fighting there would take me to another level.
“He’d better be on his game if he wants to come to Elland Road and silence me.
“I wish Lee Selby all the best for May 30. I think he can win the world title. Then I’d love him to come here.
“I think I’ve got what it takes to beat Lee Selby so let him get his world title and then let’s get it on. It would be a cracking fight.
“He’s got to win that world title then, hopefully, we can get the fight on.”
Tubieron proved a plucky opponent on Saturday and did not go down without a fight but Warrington dominated and was awarded a 119-109, 119-110 and 119-109 victory.
The boxer was joined by former Leeds United favourite Vinnie Jones for his ring walk and admitted: “Saturday night will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“The ring walk was unbelievable.”