Josh Warrington predicts a '˜war' with Hyland in Leeds

Josh Warrington wants a '˜war' to showcase his power when he defends his WBC international featherweight title against Patrick Hyland at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on July 30.

Josh Warrington defends his title against Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30. (Picture: Lawrence Lustig)

Warrington makes the third defence of his title having been taken the distance in two challenging battles at his hometown fortress.

The 25-year-old, who defeated Joel Brunker and Hisashi Amagasa, now faces Irish fans’-favourite Hyland, who is back in action having challenged WBC king Gary Russell Jr for the world title in April.

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And Warrington believes the challengers’ come-forward style will make for an entertaining bout.

“Amagasa and Brunker were tough nights but we got the wins,” said Warrington.

“Patrick has respect for me and I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He’s boxed for the world title earlier in the year so he’s been in with the very best and I know that this is a tough examination for me.

“I had to box clever in the last few fights, but I think this one will be toe-to-toe. Patrick doesn’t take a backwards step in his fights and I think that I’ll be able to show on July 30 that I can really dig and I think it’s going to be a great main event and one that I’ll shine in.

“This is a great show – it’s the best we’ve done so far in Leeds. The fans have put their hands in their pockets time and time again to come and see me and I think we’re delivering a brilliant card for them – the card oozes talent from top to bottom and it’s going to be a great night.”