‘I Feel Like I’ve Gone on a 15-Mile Run’ – Josh Warrington Details His Chat With Anthony Joshua

Published 02/19/2021, 3:30 PM EST
Josh Warrington during the press conference at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)


The former featherweight champion, Josh Warrington, succumbed to a dreadful T/KO defeat in his previous outing. The Mexican, Mauricio Lara, kept Warrington on his toes throughout the fight and handed him his first career loss. Warrington displayed a champion mindset and took the loss on his chin.

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In fact, he even had a word with heavyweight kingpin Anthony Joshua, who encountered the same roadblock a couple of years ago. In the 2019 summer, Andy Ruiz Jr. shook the entire world by defeating ‘AJ’ with a sensational T/KO. However, the Brit leveled scores with the ‘Destroyer’ in the rematch.

‘The Leeds Warrior’ took notes of the same and now wishes to make a storming comeback just like Joshua. In a conversation with Sky Sports, Warrington shed some light on his chat with the unified heavyweight king.

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“I asked him about dwelling on a fight, the mindset, and how to come back.”

“He gave me his honest opinion from his experience, and how I could potentially learn from his way,” said Warrington.

Warrington continued, “After speaking to him, I feel like I’ve gone on a 15-mile run! He’s a very good talker.”

The featherweight sensation asked his promoter, Eddie Hearn, to set up a virtual meet with ‘AJ’ if he had time. The latter was courteous enough to dedicate a substantial time for Warrington. ‘The Leeds Warrior’ acknowledged the same and expressed his gratitude towards Joshua for his words of wisdom.

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Can Josh Warrington make an electrifying comeback like Anthony Joshua?

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Prior to the Mauricio Lara fight, Warrington had the most eye-catchy resume at the 126-pound landscape. But, the 30-year-old developed ring rust by staying out of the sport for nearly 16 months. This deprived him of his sensational comeback triumph.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Josh Warrington celebrates after beating Dennis Ceylan during the IBF Featherweight World title fight at First Direct Arena Leeds on October 21, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Despite this, ‘The Leeds Warrior’ still has a vast career lying ahead of him and he has the requisite skill sets to become a champion once more.

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Warrington will have to focus on the next opponent and move on from this loss, just like Joshua. If he does so, he’ll unquestionably be an unstoppable force again in the featherweight roster.

Should Warrington root for an immediate rematch with Lara?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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