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Published: 13:46 | 16/5/18

Selby title bout a date with destiny, says Warrington

Unbeaten challenger Josh Warrington says that it feels like destiny that he is set to fight champion Lee Selby for the IBF world featherweight belt at Elland Road on Saturday.

The all-British bout - which you can see live on the eir sport pack on Box Nation [coverage begins at 7.30pm] - will see the Leeds-born challenger being led out by former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe, while the city's own Kaiser Chiefs will be playing as his walk-on song.

Warrington, with 26 wins and six knock-outs to his name, is British and Commonwealth champion and stopped Dennis Ceylan in the 10th round last time out to earn a shot at the IBF title.

Welshman Selby has made four successful defences since claiming the belt with an eighth-round TKO of Russian Evgeny Gradovich in 2015. He is so confident that he is already targeting a showdown with WBO interim featherweight champion Northern Irishman Carl Frampton.

Warrington said: "I feel like I don’t need to say anything else. The past few months, I’ve put my body through hell. I give absolutely everything I have every time I go into the gym. I give 100 per cent. 

"After all the talk about me and Lee potentially fighting, it came down to this camp and I gave it everything.

“I talk a lot about destiny. A few years ago, we had the chance to fight for a world title and it didn’t come off for me, and now I have an opportunity again. 

"With how things have gone, anything could have happened in those couple of years. Lee could have moved weight or gotten beat but it’s come around how I always dreamed it and planned it. I always wanted to fight for a world title at Elland Road and it’s here.

“I’ve dreamt about this so many times, I’m just ready to go. On Saturday night, I get to punch him in the face. This is beyond dreams, especially since I’ve been written off. I’m just carried on going and the fans have stuck behind me. They’re very loyal and we do this together. 

"After Saturday night I’ll be known as Leeds’ first world champion."

Wales' Lee Selby defends his IBF world featherweight title against hometown favourite Josh Warrington at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 19 May, live on BT Sport 1 and Box Nation on the eir sport pack [coverage begins 7.30pm].

Image: Getty/ Ashley Allen

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