Walsh happy to step into the lion’s den to face Leeds hero Warrington

Ryan Walsh would welcome a fight with Josh Warrington. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Ryan Walsh would welcome a fight with Josh Warrington. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Cromer's Ryan Walsh will be roaring on Josh Warrington this weekend – despite the Leeds man being one of his biggest featherweight rivals.

The 30-year-old is hoping to land a big summer showdown against Warrington, providing both win their fights inside the next week.

Unbeaten Warrington is first in action tonight when he defends his WBC International title against top quality Spaniard, Kiko Martinez.

In seven days time it is Walsh's turn as he aims to win a Lonsdale belt outright when he puts his crown on the line against Belfast's Marco McCullough at London's Copper Box Arena.

Walsh said: 'A fight against Josh fills me with excitement because all I want is big fights.

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'I do hate talking about other fights. The only thing I can think about is defending my title against Marco.

'It would be unprofessional to think about other fights, but I am excited about the doors this will open.

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'Beating Marco will put a stamp on the British title and I will be able to move forward, look to bigger titles and fulfilling my dreams.'

Walsh will not be ringside savouring the Leeds Arena atmosphere when Warrington boxes Martinez as his fight is so close, but watching the big fight on BT Sport and BoxNation.

But if he triumphs against McCullough he welcomes the chance to beat Warrington in front of raucous fans baying for his blood.

He added: 'If I fight Josh he isn't going to come to me. The fight will be in Leeds where there will 10,000 nutters wanting to kill me.

'It is those type of occasions that I want. I have been in the wilderness, been away from the big nights and I enjoy being part of those shows where I can really express myself.'

Walsh has never shied away from a challenge – as his four British title fights prove.

'I have not had an easy British title fight,' he said. 'I've had four – I lost one (to Lee Selby) by a decision won one by a decsion and had two knockout wins and none of them was easy. But I wouldn't have it any other way.'

All floor seating at the Copper Box Arena has sold out. Remaining tickets priced £40 and £50 are available

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