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Josh Warrington keen to secure Ring Magazine belt

IBF World Featherweight Champion, Josh Warrington, has his eyes set on the Ring Magazine belt once he has dispatched of his mandatory challenger, Kid Galahad on June 15.

Warrington claimed his world title just over one year ago, defeating Lee Selby in May of 2018, before going on to overcome Carl Frampton in December.

The Leeds Warrior was keen to secure a unification bout with another Featherweight Champion (Oscar Valdez, Leo Santa Cruz, or Gary Russell), however, the IBF ordered Warrington to make a mandatory defence against local rival Galahad first.

While Warrington remains focused on the task at hand, he admits he is keeping track of the other Champions within the division.

“When I used to have the goal of being a world champion, Lee Selby was the one I targeted and, when I fought Dennis Ceylan in the final eliminator I couldn’t look past that fight, but subconsciously I knew that he was there after.

“This is the same, I am at the stage now where I have won a world title and did it against the very best in the division in this country and now I have got to fight my mandatory. You want to fight the other champions though to be the best in the division in the world.

“I am ranked No.2 by the Ring magazine and Santa Cruz is No.1. I’ll tell you what, I’d love one of those Ring magazine belts! That is the goal now and it is all building blocks.

“Beating Barry [Kid Galahad] will bring me closer to unifying the division and getting one of those belts.”

Josh is no stranger to a tear up, and admits he would love to share some ferocious exchanges with the likes of Valdez or Santa Cruz.

“Oh man, it gives me a hard on thinking of standing toe to toe with them, going at it hammer and tong, like me and Frampton did in the first two or three rounds of our fight. It is a exciting, like being a kid watching the big fights, it is hairs standing on back of the neck territory.

“That is what I can be part of now. I can make those memories, I can make that history and that is what it is about now. It is about giving the fans good nights and something they can talk about for a long time.”

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