‘Selby vs. Warrington Will Have to Wait. It’ll be me re-matching Selby Next.”
Australian featherweight contender Joel Brunker says that all talk of his next opponent, undefeated Josh Warrington, facing current IBF Champion Lee Selby in an all-UK showdown will be moot when he hands Warrington his first defeat tomorrow night (Saturday, September 5).
Brunker (28-1, 16 KOs) from New South Wales will face hometown hero Warrington (21-0, 4 KOs) for the WBC International and Commonwealth (British Empire) Featherweight Championships at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.
“The media over here keeps talking about Josh Warrington fighting Lee Selby next in an all-English showdown, but they aren’t focusing enough on what’s about to happen,” said Brunker. “I’m coming in tomorrow night to take Warrington out!”
Brunker’s only career loss was to Selby in October 2014. In his last fight, Brunker picked up the International Boxing Organization Oceania Super Featherweight Championship by dropping and stopping Ray Laspinas of the Philippines in two rounds last February at the Richmond Club in Richmond, New South Wales, Australia.
“What they should be getting ready for is my rematch with Selby because that’s what’s going to happen and this time I’ll be ready for him,” Brunker continued.
“They seem to be overlooking Joel somewhat over here and talking about the Selby fight as though it’s a foregone conclusion,” said Brunker’s co-promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions (along with Adam Wilcock of FightCard Promotions). “It’s a huge mistake on their part to overlook Joel because he’s coming in here to set up a rematch with Selby by beating this undefeated guy.”