Warrington: ‘I Want To Be Remembered As A UK Great’
Returning to where he gained notoriety, Josh Warrington is thrilled to be working with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing once again. The IBF Featherweight Champion signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion yesterday after a stint with Queensberry Promotions.
Warrington (30-0) has been through quite a journey since his initial run with Matchroom, where he won the British and Commonwealth Featherweight Championship’s.
“It’s good to be back and obviously Eddie has missed me and the big nights,” Warrington stated. “This is a long story, it is not something that happens in a short space of time. In the break of the transition I had a chance to develop a little bit more and did what I did in winning the World Title. As I get round to this chapter of my career, it’s created some big opportunities. The unification is the main priority but the away day in America is also on my mind.”
In 2016, he signed with Frank Warren, where he became the IBF Champion. He showcased his skills by beating Lee Selby, Carl Frampton and Kid Galahad. Now, he hopes to win multiple titles on his way to the top.
“I want all the big fights because being a part of the big nights is what excites me,” Warrington continued. “I never thought when I first turned pro that I would win a World Title, winning the British crown was my aim. To be here now I feel that I will beat any other Featherweight in this division.”
Hearn, who has looked to secure Matchroom as the top destination for boxers, welcomed Warrington back with open arms. Originally not coming to an agreement on future plans, Hearn sees a bright future for Warrington within his promotion.
“It’s been amazing to watch Josh’s development since we parted company and I think what he has done has been sensational,” Hearn stated. “The early days looking back at what we started at Leeds Arena are probably some of the most rewarding days of my career. Forgetting the beer that used to come over the tiers onto my head, the atmosphere that you guys generate up here is second to none.
“All the champions have been on the phone to me and for me the unification fight is the target to finalize over the next two weeks. There is also the focus of the American dream, we know that Kid Galahad is the mandatory and at some point that is something that Josh will have to focus on but for now the aim is the big fights here in Leeds. It’s what we feel we have to deliver for Josh and that is key.”
Galahad has been hoping for a rematch for the longest time, but he isn’t the only one eying Warrington. WBO Featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson is interested in facing him, as well as Tevin Farmer. Warrington returned not only to get opportunities, but to show he is the real deal.
“I don’t want to be remembered as a decent boxer from Leeds, I want to be remembered as a UK great who was a part of special night, not a champion who had a padded record and padded defenses,” Warrington went on to say. “The fans are a massive part of my journey and there is possibly a higher pressure when you’re fighting at home because of that expectation that is there. My next fight will be something special!”