Josh Warrington sets sights on unification showdown ahead of Kid Galahad clash
Josh Warrington will be in line for a unification clash with Oscar Valdez if he beats Kid Galahad.
Warrington makes the second defence of his IBF featherweight belt against mandatory challenger Galahad at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on Saturday, and promoter Frank Warren is already working on the Valdez fight.
Warren has close ties with Valdez’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and the pair look after Tyson Fury.
Warren has had talks over a showdown with unbeaten WBO champ Valdez, who successfully made the sixth defence of his crown against Jason Sanchez last Saturday.
Warrington, 29, is happy to go to America to fight the Mexican and give his fans a Stateside trip.
“I want the big unification fights whether it’s Oscar Valdez or whoever,” said the unbeaten Warrington, who is 28-0.
“I want to go to America and give my fans a big fight over there.
“I’d like that to be next, but first I’ve got to get past Barry and I can’t overlook him.
“Once I have my mandatory against him out of the way, I can go after the big fights.”
Warrington is keen to maintain the momentum generated by his wins over Lee Selby and Carl Frampton and become a unified world champion.
Yet he claims the only difference being IBF champ has made to his life is that his wife will make him a cup of tea.
“I don’t go around acting like I’m a world champion and I still have the hunger of a challenger,” said the Leeds fighter.
“Half the time the belt just stays under my bed in its box. I don’t even think about being a world champion.
“If I want a cup of tea from my missus, I’ll maybe say ‘I’m world champion, get the kettle on’. I might twist her arm, but any other time, no.”
Galahad, 29, whose real name is Barry Awad, has battled back from a drugs ban to earn his shot at Warrington and the Dominic Ingle-charge insists he has the greater experience, even though this is his first world title fight.
He claims he can tap into the huge experience of the Ingles’ Wincobank gym, which has produced great champions like Johnny Nelson, Naseem Hamed, Kell Brook and Billy Joe Saunders.
“How many champions has his dad Sean O’Hagan trained?” said the unbeaten Sheffield fighter, who is 26-0.
“The Ingles have trained six or seven world champions and have been in over 70 world title fights. That’s going to be the difference.
“I’ve been around big, high-profile fights, like when Kell Brook beat Shawn Porter, when he boxed Golovkin, all these big fights. I’ve been bred for this.
“Also we have different mindsets. Boxing is not the be-all and end-all for him, unlike me. He’s a dentist’s technician. That’s what he’s good at, so when he gets beat, he can always go back to doing people’s teeth.
“I don’t have any other option. There is nothing else for me, so for me, it’s do or die.
“I’ve never been in a fight where I can’t hurt my opponent. I’m unpredictable and even I don’t know what I’m going to do on Saturday. I just know I’m going to win.”
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