On Saturday evening Josh Warrington will face Dennis Ceylan in the most important bout of his professional career. A win guarantees the victor a shot at IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby.
Speaking to BoxNation after Wednesday’s open workout, the Leeds local revealed he is itching to win convincingly. “If I need to go up a gear and get the stoppage I can do that. I want to make a bit of a statement, I’m not going there just to get the win, even though that’s important.”
His Danish opponent, however, has never lost before, let alone been stopped. The 26-year-old knows an emphatic win would put potential foes on notice: “I’m looking to go out there and hurt [Dennis Ceylan]. It’s a two horse race, we’ve both got fists.
“Anything can happen but I’m going to be the massive favourite cause he’s fighting in my backyard and I’m unbeaten. I don’t see anything but a Josh Warrington win,” he confidently predicted.
The prize for winning this bout is a match-up with World Champion Selby, something long coveted by the Englishman. “I’ve got to focus on this, this is the most focused I’ve had to be.
“This [fight] has other stigmas attached to it, [after winning] I’m number one mandatory. I can’t be denied after that! I needed this fight [with] a final eliminator attached to it. It’s given me that little boost cause I know what comes after,” Warrington added.
Watch Josh Warrington face Dennis Ceylan in a World Title final eliminator this Saturday, live on BoxNation, supported by Tyrone Nurse v Jack Catterall, Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock Jr.