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Warrington: This is crucial

Last Updated: 31/08/15 4:01pm

Josh Warrington expects a tough fight when he faces Joel Brunker for the the WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles

Josh Warrington expects a tough fight when he faces Joel Brunker for the the WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles

Josh Warrington expects a tough fight when he faces Joel Brunker for the the WBC International and Commonwealth featherweight titles

Josh Warrington knows beating Joel Brunker on Saturday may prove pivotal in his bid to earn a world title shot at Lee Selby.

Speculation that Wales’ Selby will put his IBF featherweight strap on the line at Warrington’s beloved Elland Road next year is continuing but the Leeds fighter is fully focused on Australia’s Brunker.

Selby beat Brunker (28-1-KO16) via a ninth-round stoppage in October and the unbeaten Warrington (21-0-KO4) knows he is expected to make a statement at the weekend in front of his adoring home fans.

Speaking at a public workout in Leeds, Warrington told Sky Sports News HQ: “Just turning up today and seeing how many people have turned up for a public workout gives me a little taste of what it’s going to be like on Saturday.

We’ll take every fight as it comes but hopefully down the line, that’s what we’re aiming for. Every fight at this level is a big fight.

Warrington on Selby ambition

“I’m dead excited and it’s going to be a busy crowd. It’ll be a good fight as well. I’m expecting a tough fight. Joel’s a good kid and you don’t get a record like his without being a decent prospect.

“I’ve trained hard for it and I’m ready for whatever he brings.”

On the possibility of facing Selby, the 24-year-old added: “It’s what keeps getting mentioned and I’m not going to turn around and say I’m not interested in the fight. It definitely whets the appetite but I’ve got to get through this one on Saturday.

Tale of the tape: Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker

Tale of the tape: Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker

Tale of the tape: Josh Warrington v Joel Brunker

“We’ll take every fight as it comes but hopefully down the line, that’s what we’re aiming for. Every fight at this level is a big fight. There are no easy fights so I’ve got to be at my best on Saturday.

“Camp has gone well. Joel is not an easy opponent so I’ve got that fear factor back in training. It’s made me train harder. If I want to progress to world titles, then I’ve got to win on Saturday.”

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Warrington: This is crucial

Brunker ready for redemption

Last Updated: 31/08/15 1:39pm

Joel Brunker is looking to bounce back after his defeat to Lee Selby

Joel Brunker is looking to bounce back after his defeat to Lee Selby

Joel Brunker is looking to bounce back after his defeat to Lee Selby

Joel Brunker is confident he can shake off October’s defeat to Lee Selby and destroy the hype surrounding Josh Warrington on Saturday night.

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The Australian (28-1-KO16) returns to the UK for the first time since the ninth-round stoppage loss in London to take on Warrington (21-0-KO4) for the Commonwealth featherweight title in Leeds – live on Sky Sports.

Lee Selby halted Brunker in the ninth in London back in October

Lee Selby halted Brunker in the ninth in London back in October

Lee Selby halted Brunker in the ninth in London back in October

Having warmed up for the bout by recording a second round stoppage victory over Rey Laspinas in New South Wales in February, Brunker is relishing the prospect of fighting in front of British fans again.

The 29-year-old told Sky Sports of his disappointment after the Selby fight: “I’ve come back and got another opportunity to fix up what I didn’t do right last time. Hopefully we can get that done right next weekend.

“I just didn’t throw any punches. I went to chase him down and he was quick, moving and catching me with everything. I didn’t let my hands go.

I imagine it’s going to be a great fight. We both like to throw and be busy. It’s going to go for longer on the night. That’s what it’s all about.

Brunker on Warrington

“He’s good at what he does. His style works perfectly against my style because I’m an aggressive-style fighter and he’s a back-foot fighter and got rid of me.”

Looking ahead to facing Warrington, he added: “I imagine it’s going to be a great fight. We both like to throw and be busy. It’s going to go for longer on the night. That’s what it’s all about.

“It’s all about the fans. It’s about great fights and that’s what we’re coming to give them. The atmosphere is great. It’s great to see people here supporting boxing, which is the sport I love. Who can beat that?”

Josh Warrington goes up against Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth title

Josh Warrington goes up against Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth title

Josh Warrington goes up against Joel Brunker for the Commonwealth title

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