Warrington rallies home support

The Leeds featherweight aims to keep putting his home city “on the map” on Saturday as he faces Tubieron in a WBC title eliminator.

Warrington was roared to the European title when he last appeard in Leeds, stopping Davide Dieli inside four rounds, and a vocal following made the trip to Germany earlier this year as he fought on the undercard of Paul Smith’s defeat to Arthur Abraham.

The next target for the 24-year-old is a shot at the WBC belt, currently held by Jhonny Gonzalez, and he expects his famously fervent support to back him all the way against Filipino Tubieron.

“The Leeds crowd are very passionate, Warrington said. “They just see a lad from the estate who gives it his all and they want to get behind that.

“I speak to some of the lads when I go dropping tickets off and we just talk about Leeds and they say ???we???re right behind you, you???re doing the city proud and putting Leeds on the map???. It???s good to hear that.??

“When you walk out and you???ve got that many fans behind you can???t help but buzz off it. I walked to the ring against Diele and I couldn???t believe it. I was using the energy from the crowd and you can???t get tired because you???ve got that many people shouting your name.

“I also think it can help when opponents come over. I think the last fight Dieli got spooked, I watched it back on TV and when he???s walking to the ring he???s looking up at the crowd, you see it in his eyes.??

“Tubieron has boxed at higher level. I was speaking to Paulie Malignaggi???s trainer a few weeks ago and he???d heard of him, he said he???d seen him sparring over in America and knows he???s got a high work rate.

“It???s a massive opportunity for him, guys that come out of the Philippines are fighting for their lives so they never just come over for a walkover, and give it their all.??

“I know I???ve got to be on my game because we are stepping up in level. I???ve got to show I can be at this level and can go beyond. I???m looking to put a good performance on and looking to get the win because I know that keep on winning big things are to come for myself and Leeds.???