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Josh Warrington will face undefeated Dane Dennis Ceylan in a mandated Final Eliminator for the IBF Featherweight World title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday 21st of this month. The two fighters came face to face for the first time at a press conference in the city where they both made it clear that they are determined to win and be the one to step in the ring with Lee Selby.
Josh said “A lot of stuff has been made over the last 12-18 months of me avoiding Selby or not wanting the Selby fight. It’s a load of rubbish. I’m knocking on the door for a World title. Dennis is a very good fighter, he is unbeaten and a former Olympian. He beat Ryan Walsh and had a good four rounds with Isaac Lowe but I don’t think he’s been in with the calibre that I have been in with. After I win on October 21st I can’t be denied a shot at the IBF title. Dennis is holding the keys, I’m taking those keys off him and going through the gate and then the World title is on.”
Former European Champion Ceylan also has his sights firmly set on World title honours but must overcome his toughest career challenge to date in the undefeated Warrington if he is to set-up a clash with Selby.
Dennis Ceylan said “Josh has got my respect. I take my hat off to him. He has fought a lot of good fighters and beaten them all. I’m looking forward to fighting him in his backyard here in Leeds.”
As we know, Josh has a huge fan base here in Leeds who always turn out in force to support him at the arena. Warrington vs Ceylon tops an exciting fight card which includes Huddersfield’s British Super-Lightweight Champion Tyrone Nurse facing undefeated Jack Catterall.
The team here at the Yorkshire Reporter are all rooting for Josh and can’t wait to see him in action on the 21st!
Tickets for Warrington vs. Ceylan priced at £40 (Upper Tier), £50 (Lower Tier), £70 (Floor), £100 (Floor), £150 (Floor) and £250 (VIP/Hospitality) are available from:
First Direct Arena
0844 248 15 85