Emerald Headingley transforms for Saturday’s Josh Warrington fight

Work has begun to transform Emerald Headingley stadium into a boxing arena for one night only as the stadium gets set to host World class boxing for the very first time.

To protect and prepare the rugby pitch, TerraTrak plus pitch protection has been installed by Mojo Barriers, which includes 3,388 sheets and 37,272 locks to lock the sheets into place.

The ring will be built on the centre of the pitch with 10,445 surrounding seats and an additional 43 chairs for officials and fans will also be able to watch from the North Stand seats. All fighters will change in the new North Stand facility and enter via the tunnel which is used by the Rhinos team on match days.

The stadium has hosted many events in its 132 history including international Rugby League and Cricket as well as concerts – the first on the rugby pitch coming in 2019 when it staged Opera on the Pitch, but this will be the first that world championship boxing has come to the famous stadium.

The event will see the much anticipated rematch between Mauricio Lara and Leeds hero Josh Warrington and the co-main event will also feature undisputed Lightweight World Champion Katie Taylor, who puts all her belts on the line against IBF Mandatory Challenger Jennifer Han.

‘The Leeds Warrior’ (30-1, 7 KOs) was floored and ruthlessly finished by Mexico’s Lara (22-2, 15 KOs) in a sensational knockout loss at The SSE Arena, Wembley in February that put a massive dent in the former IBF Featherweight World Champion’s unification plans. 

Warrington endured a stunning upset defeat as he was dropped and nearly stopped in the fourth round before ‘Bronco’ sent him crashing to the canvas again in the ninth to end the 30-year-old’s unbeaten record. 

The upset-of-the-year contender sent shockwaves through the 126lbs division and now Warrington will look to exact revenge in front of a capacity crowd at the home of the Leeds Rhinos in the biggest fight of his career.  

Undisputed Lightweight ruler Taylor (18-0, 6 KOs) defends her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine crowns against her latest Mandatory Challenger Han (18-3-1, 1 KOs) in the co-main event, another huge stage for the best in women’s boxing.

Tickets are priced £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £300 VIP and are available via StubHub now.

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