JOSH WARRINGTON HAS scoffed at suggestions that his appetite for success has diminished since his hugely successful 2018.
The IBF world featherweight champion returns to the ring at the FD Arena in Leeds on Saturday night to make a second defence of his title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad, having won his belt and made a spectacular first defence against domestic rivals Lee Selby and Carl Frampton respectively last year.
Sheffield’s Galahad and his trainer Dominic Ingle have put it out there that Warrington has now enjoyed a taste of the high life and may no longer retain the hunger that saw him overwhelm the favourite in his last two title fights.
Warrington insists nothing could be further from the truth and his mindset now is trained on adding to his belt collection, once he has accounted for his Yorkshire rival.
“It is a bit of a silly statement, to be honest with you,” said the undefeated Leeds Warrior. “I’ve worked very, very hard over the years to get into this position, so to say I will be having my feet up with cocktail in hand is ridiculous.
“I’ve set my goal on unifying the division now and winning another world title, but I’ve got to fulfil my mandatory challenge – which is Barry (Galahad) – and I won’t take my eye off the ball. I am not that stupid to think that any fight is a given, because it is not.
“It doesn’t matter if you are fighting Mr Tumble, you’ve still got to prepare for the person in the opposite corner.
“I am fully focused and in a very good place, mentally and physically, and just set on getting the win on June 15.”
Warrington added that his encounter with the also unbeaten Galahad will be approached with the same intensity as that with Selby and Frampton, only with increased defiance in protection of his prize possession.
“It’s a bit different because it is a different opponent, the same with comparing those two fights together. In terms of the fight, I’ve got my world title here and I’m not losing this to anybody.
“The hunger is still there and I know what needs to be done. I’ve trained like I’ve always trained every time I walk into the gym and have had the same kind of mental preparation.”
Josh Warrington unimpressed with Kid Galahad
JOSH WARRINGTON is unimpressed by Kid Galahad in the build-up to this week’s big world featherweight title showdown.
Warrington makes the second defence of his IBF crown when he faces Galahad at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday night.
The champion is bristling with fury because mandatory challenger, Galahad (26-0, 15KOs) – whose real name is Barry Awad – is doing most of his talking on social media during the build-up.
The Sheffield man recently teased Leeds United fan Warrington over his side’s failure in the Championship Play-off against Derby County.
Warrington, 28, snapped: “I’m looking forward to sorting Barry out. He has talked a lot in the media and social media, but doesn’t say much when we go head-to-head on that front.
“The way he has gone about it during the build-up has been a bit cringey. He is in for hard night.
“I don’t know if he is trying to use a certain persona or be a certain character to get to me.”
Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) will be making the second defence of his crown. He took the belt from Lee Selby last May and came through a war against Carl Frampton in December.
He claims to have seen a change in Galahad since his epic win against Selby in front of 25,000 fans at Elland Road.
“I have known Barry from the amateur days,” recalled Warrington who defeated Galahad twice when they were amateurs.
“I can even remember speaking to him at the Boxing Writers’ Club dinner in 2014 when we both nominated for young fighter of the year and he was right as rain.
“Over the last year this different person has come out, by disrespecting myself and other fighters in the division like Frampton.
“If he is trying to get under my skin it isn’t working and almost laughable, but it has given me more motivation to do a number.”
Josh Warrington tops the bill at First Direct Arena, Leeds when he defends his IBF featherweight championship against Kid Galahad on Saturday June 15.
Leading super featherweights Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock meet in a hotly anticipated clash for the Commonwealth title, with Jason Welborn and JJ Metcalf also vying for the vacant Commonwealth super welterweight championship.
Other fighters confirmed in action on the bill so far include Lyndon Arthur, Alex Dickinson, Tommy Fury, Mark Heffron, Jack McGann and Troy Williamson.
Tickets for Warrington v Galahad are available via Ticketmaster and are priced as below: