Josh Warrington will leave the “WWE-style” antics to Tyson Fury as he refuses to go trash talking his way into huge unification fights.
The Leeds featherweight made the third defence of his IBF title with a sensational second-round stoppage of feeble Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht at the First Direct Arena on Saturday.
Warrington, 28, was ruthless as he floored his man twice before forcing referee Bob Williams to call the contest off. Now he is back on the hunt again for one of the division’s other world champions with promoter Frank Warren revealing talks are already underway with China’s WBA title holder Can Xu.
While brash American Shakur Stevenson is another option as he fights for the vacant WBO belt against Joet Gonzalez later this month.
But Warrington is more interested in leading a normal life of shopping in Asda and changing the nappies of his twin daughters than running to America to mouth off.
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He said: “This is why I’ve got a promoter, this is why I’ve got a manager. It’s not my cup of tea. Am I going to start shouting and screaming and getting all WWE? I’ll leave that to Tyson Fury.
“That’s not me. “I’ll be shopping about in Asda tomorrow, I’ll be changing s***y nappies and we go back to normal. I don’t consider myself a superstar.
“Going over there, making a tool of myself, calling them all names under the sun? If they want the fight I’m here, simple as that. I will leave all the drama to the rest of them who can do it.”
Warrington provided the drama in the ring in front of around 6,000 lively Leeds fans at the weekend. The Yorkshireman has spoken about wanting a big fight in America but now he is eyeing up another clash at Elland Road, the home of his beloved Leeds United and where be beat Lee Selby to become IBF champion.
The message was clear to Xu, Stevenson or even WBC champion Gary Russell Jnr while Leo Santa Cruz and Oscar Valdez have moved up in weight and seem unlikely options.
He said: “I banged the drum on about going to the States before the Kid Galahad fight. Now the mindset has changed a bit.
“We put on a hell of a spectacle when we fought Lee Selby at Elland Road. If we had a unification fight at Elland Road, it would be twice as big.
“You don’t see them putting on shows like that in the States, not often are they producing stadium fights. Gary Russell Jnr, he fights once a year and he doesn’t have a fan base. If he wants the fight he has to come to my back yard.”
Warrington, with his large fan base, has been compared to Ricky Hatton in the past while Warren was quick to throw in the name of Joe Calzahghe as an example of a fighter who became a “10-year overnight sensation”. Both became huge names in British boxing.
“I used to watch Ricky and he was an inspiration really,” added the Leeds Warrior. “A council estate kid, who did really well and had a hell of a following. If I could emulate some of that in my career, that would be very good.
“I’ve always had a lot of support in Leeds and it’s getting bigger and bigger.
“Because I associate with Leeds United, people think it’s just Leeds fans. But since I beat Lee Selby and Carl Frampton, the fan base is getting bigger and bigger.
“I think once I get one of those big names, I could become a national hero. Then we can go travelling.”
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