It’s not hype. Josh Warrington is a good fighter and has proved as much says the man looking to ruin his Elland Road dream.
Patrick Hyland doesn’t buy into the Warrington ‘Sky Hype Job’ suggestions that have been circulating since the Leeds Warrior burst onto the scene – and certainly doesn’t agree with those who suggest he has been creatively maneuvered into World title contention because of his ticket-selling prowess.
The Punisher did question why the Leeds fans favourite has yet to challenge Lee Selby for the IBF featherweight World title, but is adamant that the former Commonwealth, British and European Champion is a ‘top fighter’
“He is a top fighter. I never looked to fight him because I thought he was a Sky hype job. I would never say that of any fighter. I know how hard it is to get in the ring,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“He has beaten everyone that has been put in front of him and is a good kid. He is young and hungry too.”
“There are those who say he can’t bang, but he has some work rate.”
Indeed the Dubliner could almost be described as a fan as he explains that “I have always liked him as a fighter and when I seen him against [Martin] Lindsay I said ‘I would love a knock off this kid’.”
“I want to get in and tear it up with him and see if he has the potential those Leeds fans think he has.”
While recent World title challenger ‘Pajo’ claims Warrington is a fighter of note, and one to be respected, he remains confident he can derail the British fighters progress in the First Direct Arena on July 30th.
“They are looking at me as test, but this is a test he won’t pass. He has been in with some good fighters, but the difference is I really want to beat him, I am coming to win and hurt the kid.”
“Lets see what he really has in that tank.”