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Josh Warrington warns fans to expect fireworks when he challenges Leigh Wood this Saturday

Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former two-time IBF featherweight champion Josh ‘The Leeds Warrior’ Warrington 31-2-1 (8) says respect will go out the window when he steps through the ropes to face WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wood 27-3 (16) at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England on Saturday night live on DAZN.

The 32-year-old Warrington is 10 months removed from his last fight, a razor-thin majority decision loss to Luis Alberto Lopez 29-2 (16) that ended his second reign as world champion.

Wood, 35, will be seeing action for the third time this year. In February he suffered a seventh-round knockout loss to Warrington conqueror Mauricio Lara 26-3-1 (19) but was able to reverse the result in their immediate rematch three months later, scoring a unanimous decision victory.

The lead-up to this weekend’s fight has been relatively subdued, but that is expected to change once the first bell ring.

“The respect doesn’t matter. Leigh has something I want. I’m jealous, envious of the position he is in,” Warrington said to The Mirror.

“I had a fight with Carl Frampton a few years ago and I would go as far as to say I was a fan of his until I boxed him. The build-up was nothing but amicable and we ended up having the fight of the year. In the first two rounds I absolutely banjo-ed him with one shot.

“But after the fight we embraced and he came into my changing-room, and now I’d go as far as to call him my friend. When it comes to it we’ll have little 8oz gloves on and we’ll be going there to bash each other up.”

The bout will be promoted by Matchroom Boxing with the winner likely to be offered a shot at IBF super featherweight champion Joe Cordina 16-0 (9).

The 31-year-old Welshman delivered an early candidate for fight of the year when he outpointed Tajikistan southpaw Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov 17-1-1 (14) by split decision in April. It was his first defence of the title he won by second-round knockout over Kenichi Ogawa 28-2-1 (19) of Japan in June last year.

Cordina will be back in action next month when he faces American Edward Vazquez 15-1 (3) at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin in Monte Carlo on November 4.

Warrington says he would be down for facing Cordina – providing them money is right.

“The Cordina fight depends how much [Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn is] going to pay me,” Warrington said.

“I’ve been making featherweight for a long time so it would be nice to have the luxury to step up. But more than anything I want to go to America. It has been hanging over me a long time.

“Eddie said it, Frank Warren said it when he promoted me, Eddie said it again and it’s one of the reasons I went back to him. Apart from the heavyweights, who else will take a big fanbase over there? I strongly believe I’ll take some big numbers.”