Photos: Josh Warrington, Dennis Ceylan - Face To Face in Leeds

By Terence Dooley

Frank Warren formally unveiled the line-up for his October 21 “Edge of Glory” show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds earlier today, which is topped by local man Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title final eliminator against Denmark’s Dennis Ceylan with support provided by the British light-welterweight title showdown between holder Tyrone Nurse and Jack Catterall as well as rising star Zelfa Barrett’s first title shot—he meets Chris conwell for the vacant English Super-featherweight belt.

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Warren declared that he plans to invest heavily in boxing in Leeds, with the show’s headliner leading the charge in the area due to his popularity in the city and among Leeds United FC supporters.  “The atmosphere was brilliant last time at the First Direct Arena,” said Warren, referring to his May 13 show at the same venue that saw Warrington, 26, register a Majority Decision win over former world titlist Kiko Martinez.  “We are committed to boxing in Leeds.”

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“It is good to be back,” declared Warrington (25-0, 5 KOs).  “It's going to be a cracking card.  I'm hungry for this fight.  After I win on October 21, I can't be denied for the IBF world title [currently held by Lee Selby].  I haven't made it this far to fall at the final hurdle.

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He added: “I don't think Ceylan travels well.  Leeds is a different place, there's nowhere like it in the World—it's a bear pit.”

“Warrington has my respect—I'm looking forward to fighting him in his backyard,” said the 28-year-old Ceylan (18-0-2, 8 KOs).

“Zelfa Barrett comes from a fighting family,” said Warren when introducing one of the supporting bouts.  “He is one of the outstanding young fighters in the UK.”

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Conwell (9-2, 2 early) beat Lee Appleyard in September of last year for the vacant belt then lost it in his first defence when meeting Andy Townend in November.  However, the 31-year-old from Moston, Manchester believes that he is ready to wrench his 24-year-old opponent’s ‘0’ away from him, saying: “I'd like to thank Frank for the opportunity.  We both want that English title and the best man will win.  I'll be ready.”

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“Chris is going to bring his A game,” Barrett (18-0, 11 stoppages) concurred, before vowing to beat his North Manchester rival.  “I've had a lot of learning fights.  After Chris I'm ready for anyone and everything.  I respect every fighter massively.  I'd never underestimate anyone, I'm a smart man.”


“Jack Catterall is the young kid on the block,” stated Warren, who has made a crossroads fight between an experienced Champion in Nurse (35-2-2, 7 early) and rising prospect Catterall (18-0, 10 KOs).  “He is at the stage of his career where he needs these big fights.”

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Chris Aston, Nurse’s father and trainer, told the assembled press that experience will be the key come fight night.  “Jack and H'roon Headley [his trainer] have got this massively wrong, they think it's a good time to fight Tyrone.”

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“We all believe that Jack will get to Tyrone Nurse and knock him out,” predicted Headley, who then gave Chorley’s Catterall a chance to have his say.

“We've heard Chris talk a lot, but I want to know what Tyrone has to say for himself,” added the 24-year-old contender.

“When I beat Catterall I'll take his World ranking with the WBO,” was the Huddersfield-based title holder’s take on the fight.

“I believe in my ability and on October 21 I'm coming to take Tyrone's title,” chimed Catterall.  “I'm coming to knock him out.  If I don't, I'll beat him over the 12 rounds.”

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