Wood vs. Warrington Press Tour Quotes
Two tribes are ready for war as Leigh Wood and Josh
Warrington traded verbal blows ahead of their WBA
Featherweight World Title showdown in Sheffield on Saturday
October 7 – live worldwide on DAZN.
The pair embarked on a 100-mile round trip to promote their
blockbuster domestic bout, starting with a press conference
in challenger Warrington’s hometown Leeds before a photo pit
stop at Sheffield’s Utilita Arena in Sheffield and then
culminating with a Q&A in front of champion Wood’s fans in
his beloved city of Nottingham.
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"In the Lara rematch I felt sharp in between my ears and
physically. I feel those fights, with tiny little breaks
while still training, has put me in a good position.
"I've got my girls with me and I'm taking them on training
camp with me tomorrow as well. I've got my boxer and
parenting head on.
“Obviously I wanted this fight to happen at the City Ground.
That was my dream – and still is. That being said, we are
meeting halfway in Sheffield, at the Utilita Arena, and it
is going to make for an unbelievable atmosphere with a 50/50
split down the arena.
"I’ve done that before, of course, when I fought Michael
Conlan. The walkouts then were something special and, of
course, this time we’ve both got even bigger followings, in
a bigger arena and we have BOTH of our football clubs behind
us too. I can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere. I know it
will be quite hostile with both sets of fans battling it out
vocally, but it should make for a great night.
“I don’t take confidence from knowing Lara beat Josh and
that I beat Lara. I take confidence in the fact that I know
I’m the better fighter. It has taken me so long for me to
prove this and I’ve waited a long time for this fight to
"I’ve been goading Josh for years, even sending him videos
on Twitter when I was in ’No Man's Land’ and not getting big
fights or really getting a look in. I was in a bad place and
didn’t have a promoter. Now we’ve come full circle, where
I’m the reigning champion and defending against Josh. It’s
"No-one ever thought I'd win a Commonwealth Title, let alone
be a two-time World Champion,
"So why can't I dream more? Why can't I dream to be a
unified champion? To become a two-weight champion or treat
my fans to a Las Vegas fight week?
"There's mutual respect, We don't have to be shouting and
screaming or chucking tables at each other to have a
barnstormer of a fight.
“I went into the Lopez fight after jaw surgery and I was
just too worried about it getting whacked.
“I finished well on top but it is one that will haunt me for