On Saturday September 5, current EBU Featherweight Champion and local boy Josh Warrington will fight New Zealand prospect Joel Brunker at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Here are four reasons why you should grab a ticket to watch one of the boxing highlights of the year:
1. Because he's the 'Leeds Warrior' and he'll have a home crowd
Warrington is a HUGE Leeds United and Leeds Rhino's fan, and the colour white runs through his veins. It's been said that the incredible support from the people of Leeds has been a big help to Josh throughout his career. At his previous fight, against Philippines-based boxer Dennis Tubieron, over 10,000 tickets were purchased by his avid fans.
2. Because he is undefeated
With an impressive professional record of 21 wins and no losses, Josh Warrington is currently unbeaten. He's also managed four knockout's during his career (two of which have come in his last three fights). However, his fight on September 5 will be Warrington's toughest to date, as Brunker can boast his own impressive record: 28-1 with 16 knockouts in his career.
3. Because his title is on the line
Warrington will defend his WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight titles against Brunker. This will be Josh's third title defence of the Commonwealth Featherweight title he won in November 2013. Any title defence fight will see a top performance from both fighters.
4. Because he's taking his career to the next stage
At the recent official press conference, Warrington said: 'It’s another significant step-up for me, but every time I’ve stepped up a level, I’ve won titles and delivered – from British, European, Commonwealth and now heading to World level.'
So, let’s get behind the Leeds born and bred Josh Warrington this September.
Josh Warrington versus Joel Brunker. September 5, doors open from 5pm. Leeds Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, LS2 8BY. You can purchase tickets, which start at £35.45, here.
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