A dental technician by day and a
pro boxer by night, broken teeth are all part of a day's work for
Leeds' Josh Warrington.
Up next against Bristol-based
South African, Michael Ramabeletsa, at the Hull City Hall on
September 28, Josh knows he's not in for an easy ride but he's
convinced that his pearly whites will still be in perfect
"Michael's been in with some good
kids. He boxed Martin Ward, and he gave Josh Wale a really tough
fight and broke his jaw," Warrington said.
"This guy comes to fight, and I've
read that he's got himself a new trainer and is confident, so I'm
expecting a tough contest, but I should have enough to beat
"I've been training really hard
for this one. I always go into fights very confident but I
never look past my opponent because you never know what they might
bring but, come fight night, under those lights, it will definitely
be my night."
Warrington takes on Ramabeletsa,
who's won eight of 16 and enters the contest on the back of two
wins, for the Masters featherweight strap as part of a quality
undercard to a great bill topper.
In the headliner, local man Tommy
Coyle gets the chance to gate-crash the world top 20 rankings if he
beats Spain's Ruddy Encarnacion for the WBC International
Silver lightweight title, and Josh, 21, is thrilled to be part of
"I've boxed at the City Hall
before, and I've been there to watch Tommy before too; it's always
a good atmosphere and a great vibe. Tommy sells lots of
tickets so there'll be a lot of people there.
"It's a really good venue to box
in and I'm really looking forward to fighting there, especially as
it's my first 10 rounder and it's for a title. It's exciting and I
just can't wait."
In a sport as unpredictable as
boxing, it's never wise to look too far into the future and, with a
potential English title fight slated for November, Warrington is
fully focused on remaining unbeaten and securing win number 13
At some point in the future
though, if they both keep winning, Josh also has his eyes set on a
mouth-watering, all-Yorkshire clash against Sheffield's Kid Galahad
- a man he beat twice as an amateur.
"I beat him in the Junior ABAs and
on a club show and, given the opportunity, I'd like to fight him
again. He's not easy to box; anyone who doesn't want to stand
and fight, you've got to track them down.
"The first time it was messy but
the second time we did our homework and beat him
cleaner. I got to know him personally afterwards and
he's a really nice kid so I've not got a bad word to say about
"I've seen him get quite a lot of
exposure but he's only had the same amount of fights as
me. Down the line I think it would be a good fight and I'm
capable of beating him again.
"We haven't rushed things in our
camp though; we take every fight as it comes. We've had
some big fights fall through and at the moment it's all about
continuing to learn my trade, getting experience, and