Josh Warrington claims he will be fighting for his legacy when he faces Kid Galahad on Saturday.
IBF featherweight king Warrington dismisses Galahad as “Barry from Sheffield” and says his mandatory challenger is merely a stepping stone to big unification fights with the other nine-stone world champions.
He wants Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Junior or Oscar Valdez next in the US because beating them would help cement his place as one of Britain’s greatest fighters.
“I have set new goals now,” said the unbeaten Warrington ahead of his second title defence at the First Direct Arena in his native Leeds.
“I want to unify the division and mix it with guys like Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez and Gary Russell Junior. Fighting Barry from Sheffield is not quite the same.
“I’m back on that path, like I was for the Lee Selby fight. It’s just that I’m at the bottom of another mountain looking up again. On the mountain you come across obstacles and that’s all Barry is.
“I made it clear, I told my promoter Frank Warren I want to go the States and make memories, things that people will talk about for years to come. I’ve done my bit for the city of Leeds and now it’s about creating my legacy.
“I could go down as one of the greatest fighters to come out of the country, 18 months after no-one would have ever thought that.
“If I can go on to beat some of the other world champions, after the people I have beat in the last 12 months, I would go down as one of the featherweight greats.
“Once I deal with this mandatory, I’ll have a bit of breathing space to push on and get a big unification fight.”
Warrington’s life has been transformed since he dethroned Lee Selby 13 months ago to become world champion, but he insists he still has a challenger’s mindset.
Warrington, 28, said: “People ask me if complacency is my only enemy for this fight.
“When I go around the supermarket, I have moved up to Sainsbury’s from Asda and people ask me what it’s like to be world champion. My answer is always the same, I don’t let it sink in.
“The moment you put your feet up, you lose that bit of fire so I don’t let myself feel like I’m a world champion.”
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