WBC International featherweight champion, Josh Warrington (22-0 4KOs), says he is fed up with talking about IBF champion Lee Selby and will prove that he’s capable of competing on the world stage when he squares off against Hisashi Amagasa (30-5-2 20KOs) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on April 16th.
There has been speculation that Warrington and Selby will eventually throw down this summer, however, Warrington has done enough talking, he wants to get in the ring with Selby.
“I really want the Selby fight but it’s boring me now,” said Warrington. “Before he went to America to fight Montiel he wanted to crack the States and wasn’t interested in me, but he boxed poorly against Montiel and now he is saying he will come to Leeds and chin me.
“It’s becoming boring now, he is talking a load of crap and looking too far ahead when he talks about fighting Leo Santa Cruz. Hunter is a dangerous fight and if he boxes like he did against Montiel he’ll lose his belt. So let’s keep winning, everyone wants the fight and it’d be a big occasion in Leeds, people on the streets ask me when I’m going to shut him up, so let’s keep doing the business and then get it on in the summer.”
For now, Warrington is not even thinking about Selby, for the moment, he is totally focused on Hisashi Amagasa.
Amagasa, who boasts 20 knockouts from 30 victories, is a dangerous customer. Besides his power, Amagasa will also hold a significant height and reach advantage over Warrington.
“Amagaza has got power, he puts people away and he’s got heart,” said, Warrington. “I don’t know how I keep him off with my ‘feather fists’. If I put him away I will silence those critics who say I can’t mix at the World level, and we’ll deal with Selby.
“It’s good to get a fight like this that has had a great response. I’ve been told since fighting Rendall Munroe that every fight is too soon or too much for me. Against Brunker, I was told he’d stop me in the first half, and I pulled out a career-best performance and he barely won a minute of any round. I’ve never said I would be a World champion, I just take each fight as it comes, but the world title is the next step if I can beat Amagasa.”