JOSH WARRINGTON defends his WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight title against Joel Brunker at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on September 5.

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“I’m delighted to be defending my Commonwealth title at the First Direct Arena again – it’s my home and Joel Brunker is the perfect opponent for me,” said Warrington.

New IBF world champion Lee Selby defeated Brunker in an elimiator for the title and Warrington acknowledges the Australian is a step up.

“I think it will be a very good fight against Brunker, he’s a come forward fighter, busy and will make it difficult for me – but I’m ready for whatever he can bring.

“I’ve watched Selby’s fight with Brunker back a few times and to be honest until Lee stopped him, it wasn’t his best performance – I’m confident I can put on a vintage performance and go one better. I was happy for Lee to win the World title, good on him – but I’m not thinking about him yet, Brunker has my full attention.

“It’s another significant step-up for me, but every time I’ve stepped up a level, I’ve won titles and delivered – from British, European, Commonwealth and now heading to World level.

“Since my last fight I’ve had some much needed time off. I boxed in Berlin and Leeds in quick succession. To be honest I haven’t had a break from camp since the European Title fight against Davide Dieli.

“It’s given me some time to focus on my house and get engaged to my girlfriend in Mexico – my batteries are fully recharged and I’m raring to go.”