Aussie Joel Brunker says he has to restore Australian Ashes pride by handing a first defeat to Josh Warrington and silence Warrington’s fans when he challenges for the Leeds star’s WBC International and Commonwealth titles at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on September 5, live on Sky Sports.
The Australian returns to the UK following his World title eliminator clash with Lee Selby in October, and Brunker believes he is in a better place this time around as he aims for victory against Warrington.
The 29-year-old says that he felt undercooked against the classy Lee Selby who went on to claim the IBF World title in May.
Brunker has shrugged off Warrington’s recent comments and he shared some of his own:
“It’s been a bad summer with the Ashes but I can settle the score”
“This will open doors for me big time. I like this fight because it allows me to go back to England, and I’m getting another shot at a title.
“Last time I fought there, I’d had a 14-month gap between fights. This time it will be seven months after the last fight and I expect to be sharper.
“Against Selby, I stood off and just watched him. I am planning to be a lot busier this time around, get back to what I do. I will be up against a packed out crowd, I will be the underdog again, but I’ll be ready for all that this time.”
“I am fighting in Warrington’s home town and they are there to support their guy so I fully expect an unwelcoming reception. In all honesty, I don’t think the crowd will bother me too much because as soon as I walk out my mind will be on the job and I will block out everything else.”
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