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Q&A with Josh Warrington

Britain’s IBF world featherweight champion defends his title against Kid Galahad in Leeds on June 15

How’s your relationship with Sheffield fighter Galahad?

It’s fair to say he’s not my best pal. He’s a character, isn’t he? One of a kind. It’s frustrating because he’s happy to say stuff about me when the cameras are turned off but during the stand-off we had on the pitch at Elland Road last month he just stared at me like a crank and tried to stare me down.

Any message for him?

It’s a false persona and I see straight through it. You don’t need to behave in that manner. He’s trying to claw back some credibility but just say sorry for what you did. He’s disrespected me and Carl Frampton, and that leaves a sour taste.

You beat him twice as an amateur. Will that have any bearing on this fight?

Psychologically it might play a bit on Galahad’s mind but for me those days are gone. We were 14, 15 years old. I am a different fighter now. It’s a Yorkshire derby but I don’t know if the people from Sheffield even like him to be honest!

Can you surpass a 2018 in which you won your first world title, beating Lee Selby and then Carl Frampton?

It will be tough to top. The only way I could do that is to unify the titles. Oscar Valdez and Leo Santa Cruz are the two fights that motivate me after Galahad. I’d love to go to box in Las Vegas and tick off another one of my personal goals. It’s about making memories now, getting big pay-days and securing my family’s future.

You are back boxing in your home city again. Will that be a proud moment?

It feels like it’s been a long time coming. It’s somewhere special and it’ll be nice to walk out there with the belt. I’ve started to get support from all over since I beat Lee Selby and Carl. Before, my followers were more or less Leeds fans.

Josh Warrington defends his IBF world featherweight title against Kid Galahad at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, on Saturday, June 15. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.co.uk