Warrington plans for war

Last Updated: 04/07/16 5:31pm

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington and Patrick Hyland look ahead to their featherweight bout

Josh Warrington is steeling himself for a toe-to-toe war with former world title challenger Patrick Hyland on July 30, live on Sky Sports.

WBC International featherweight champion Warrington (23-0-KO4) welcomes Hyland (31-2-KO15) to Leeds just over three months after the Irishman was stopped in two rounds by WBC boss Gary Russell Jr in Connecticut.

Having recently overcome Joel Brunker and Hisashi Amagasa with hard-fought points decisions, Warrington believes he is in for a less tactical fight against Hyland, whose last three bouts have taken place in the US.

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Eddie Hearn on Warrington vs Hyland

Warrington said: “Amagasa and Brunker were tough nights but we got the wins. Patrick has respect for me and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“He’s boxed for the world title earlier in the year so he’s been in with the very best and I know that this is a tough examination for me.

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

Warrington (R) dug deep to overcome Hisashi Amagasa last time out

“I had to box clever in the last few fights, but I think this one will be toe-to-toe. Patrick doesn’t take a backwards step in his fights and I think that I’ll be able to show on July 30 that I can really dig and I think it’s going to be a great main event and one that I’ll shine in.

“This is a great show – it’s the best we’ve done so far in Leeds. The fans have put their hands in their pockets time and time again to come and see me and I think we’re delivering a brilliant card for them. The card oozes talent from top to bottom and it’s going to be a great night.”

The speed of Russell Jr's punching proved too much for Hyland

The speed of Russell Jr's punching proved too much for Hyland

The speed of Russell Jr’s punching proved too much for Hyland

Hyland echoed Warrington’s sentiments and said the vociferous support for the home fighter would motivate rather than deter him.

“I’ve got a lot of fans coming over and the atmosphere is going to be electric,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of Josh’s fights and the noise is deafening so I can’t wait to be part of it.

“Gary Russell Jr is the best in the division. He is so, so fast and speed kills in this sport, but this is a different fight. I like how Josh fights and I’ve wanted to get in there with him to test him out and try to take that future world title shot that he’s looking at for myself. I think that we’ll end up standing toe-to-toe and giving the fans a real war.”

Also on the bill is Tyrone Nurse’s British super-lightweight title defence against Tommy Coyle and Dillian Whyte, Ryan Burnett and Gamal Yafai will also be in action.

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Warrington plans for war

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