The Leeds fans are my secret weapon says Warrington

Leeds Warrior Josh Warrington says the Leeds sporting public can be his secret weapon as he looks for redemption at Emerald Headingley on Saturday night when he faces Mauricio Lara at the top of the bill of an incredible night of world class boxing at the home of Leeds Rhinos.

Warrington was speaking at the official press conference for the massive re-match clash and he said, “Having the crowd there, they are my second wind, they are my 12th man and they are my little bit of advantage. It is going to be special to walk out at Emerald Headingley.” 

Warrington will fight in the first time in Leeds since October 2019 and he says he can not wait for the return to ‘normality’ with fans back to cheer on their hero especially after losing his title to Lara at the start of the year behind closed doors. He added, “It is good to be back. There is going to be a big crowd on Saturday night and it feels normal fighting in front of these big crowds. I sat out for 15 months because of the pandemic and it was frustrating time and what happened in February happened and I will look to put that right on Saturday night. This is where the next chapter begins and I can’t wait to redeem myself. 

“I take Lara massively seriously, I didn’t think he could bring what he delivered and that was my mistake but I won’t make that same mistake again. When AJ got his redemption against Ruiz, he moved on and that’s what I will be looking to do. I am a proud man and it would have made my toes curl to see someone else fight Lara, I want my redemption. I have been at a high level for such a long time. This is my second stadium fight, I won the World title in a stadium fight and I want to follow in the footsteps of what AJ has done,” added Warrington.

Two other fighters counting on ‘home’ support is legendary womens boxer Katie Taylor, who travelled from her home in Ireland in her childhood to Leeds to support Leeds United at Elland Road, whilst Leeds fighter Hopey Price is back in the ring just three weeks after his last fight.

Katie Taylor said, “Some of my best memories of my childhood have been in this city, coming over to watch Leeds United at Elland Road and I never thought I would have the chance to fight in this city. I can’t afford to get complacent that is when you lose fights. I am preparing for a tough fight on Saturday night. I feel great and feel fresh, I still have plenty more years in the ring ahead of me and I can’t wait to produce one of my best performances on Saturday night.”

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