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Josh Warrington looking to become three-time world champ with victory over Leigh Wood

Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former two-time IBF featherweight champion Josh ‘The Leeds Warrior’ Warrington 31-2-1 (8) has shrugged off his underdog tag ahead of his challenge to WBA super featherweight champion Leigh Wood 27-3 (16) at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England on October 7.

The 32-year-old has had a bad run of luck since 2019, getting stopped by Mauricio Lara in nine rounds in February 2021 and being forced to settle for a two round technical draw in their rematch seven months later.

Warrington bounced back in March last year, reclaiming the IBF 126-pound strap from Kiko Martinez before losing the belt by majority decision in his next bout against Luis Alberto Lopez in December.

Warrington is ready to set his career back on track after changes to his training regime.

“I feel great. I feel mentally at my peak. Physically, I know that I now need to have one or two more days off than I used to have, because I understand the importance of rest now,” Warrington said to Betfred.

“I used to be able to train twenty times a week, but my dad said that I need to slow down. That’s one of the things that you learn from experience.”

Warrington’s opponent Wood is no spring chicken either at the age of 35, but the Nottingham boxer has hit a purple patch of form late in his career. Back-to-back 12th round knockout victories over Xu Can and Michael Conlan put his name on the map as a legitimate threat and world class level and a seventh-round knockout loss to Mexican tough nut Lara in February was reversed in their rematch in May that he won on points.

But Warrington says his boxing smarts will be enough to overcome Wood.

“My boxing brain has developed a lot over the years and perhaps I’ve been considered the older fighter out of the two of us because I’ve been in the big fights for such a long time, headlining shows for the past ten years and being on the world stage for knocking on six years,” Warrington said.

“Look at my last fight, I lost by a majority decision but I thought I had done enough. If that went my way I would have been walking away as champion. I will be firing on all cylinders October 7th and when I get the win people are going to be saying, ‘Warrington’s back to his best’. It’s the nature of our boxing fans I guess.”

The dream for Warrington is to have a fight in the United States before he retires.

“If I get to the end of my career and I’ve not achieved that, then I would be a little disappointed,” he said.

“I genuinely have supporters who have credit cards ready to go and they have for a long time. If I get through this fight, then that’s what I will be pursuing.”