Josh will fight at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday 21st October, this will be against the unbeaten Dennis Ceylan in a final eliminator for the IBF Featherweight World Title.
The boxing hero of Leeds Josh Warrington is extremely close to having world title success in his career with the whole of Leeds backing him. After Frank Warren of Queensbury promotions tried to make the prolonged fight between Josh and current IBF Featherweight Champion Lee Selby. Without success Frank said "they made the terms so impossible you can't make the fight, Josh comes through this they've got no choice". Frank and Josh hope this fight will be made in early 2018.
Dennis is mandated to fight Josh for the IBF World Title Final Eliminator, Josh said "I'm not looking past Dennis but it has frustrated me that Selby would't take the fight, theres no easy fights at this level but I have to beat Ceylan to be made mandatory challenger, but I'm looking forward to be fighting in my home city again, with an undercard of up and coming Leeds boxers".
Although Ceylan is undefeated his record does include two draws, one been Isaac Lowe (March 2017) after a clash of heads Ceylan's cut was examined by a ringside doctor and the bout was called a technical draw, both boxers were left disappointed and disheartened.
Ceylan has had the majority of his fights been in his home country of Denmark and only travelling out of the country, twice to Germany and once to Finland. When asked if he would be intimidated by Josh's fans and becoming "a rabbit caught in the headlights" during the press conference he said "we will see what happens in the ring". Saturday 21st October will determine if the passionate Leeds crowd sees to daunt him.
The rest of the evenings boxing will consist of Huddersfield's British Super Lightweight Champion Tyrone Nurse defending his title against the undefeated Jack Catterall.
The vacant English Super-Featherweight title will be fought for by Manchester's up and coming boxer Zelfa Barrett against Chris Conwell both undefeated.
An official eliminator for the British Super Welterweight title is J. J Metcalfe and Leeds own Damon Jones.
Another Leeds fighters include the likes of Jack Bateson with his second fight of his professional career after a superb first round stoppage in his pro debut at the Elland Road pavillion in September.
Also on the undercard is Jack Daniels a top talented amatur making his pro debut against Russ Midgley both from Leeds.