Josh has done an in-depth interview in The City Talking, talking about becoming not just Commonwealth champion but now British champion too; and about just how much winning the Lonsdale belt means to him.
“When I started boxing, I set out to be British champion, and to win the Lonsdale Belt,” says Josh. “That was always my goal, and I never looked past that. The Commonwealth is regarded as a higher level, but I still had the British title to get. Winning that has been my dream.”
He talks about the moment he won it, too: “I knew I’d won it. But it was different when I finally got that belt. I think even if I’d knocked him out and he’d been lying on the mat, I still wouldn’t have believed it until they said my name and gave me that belt.”
Josh also speak about the responsibility of being an ambassador for sport in Leeds: “It’s been a while - I dropped some tickets off for a fella before my fight at the Arena, and I asked if he goes to see boxing regularly. He said no, the last time was when he used to go and watch Henry Wharton in the mid-nineties. I was thinking, bloody hell, has it really been that long since we’ve had someone to follow?”