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Josh Warrington insists destiny behind him in world title showdown vs Lee Selby

Josh Warrington: It's my destiny to strip champion Lee Selby at Elland Road
Josh Warrington challenges for a world title this weekend (Picture: Action Images)

Josh Warrington believes it is his destiny to beat Lee Selby at Elland Road and become a world champion.

The local Leeds hero takes on his bitter rival on Saturday night with Selbys IBF featherweight title on the line.

Both men made weight in the Leeds sunshine on Friday in front of a partisan crowd.

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Warrington will have the backing of his beloved Leeds support, but also insisted destiny was driving him on.

This will be a fairytale ending, slash the start of a new chapter, he said.

When I was working as a dental technician and they announced Leeds would have an arena I used to picture myself fighting there.

Lee Selby (left) and Josh Warrington during the weigh-in at Leeds Civic Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story BOXING Leeds. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
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A few years later I was headlining it. Anytime Ive gone to Elland Road people have said imagine fighting here, for a split second I have pictured it and I kind of feel like I have been there already.

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I massively believe this is destined to be.

Selby is the favourite in the fight and has yet to be fazed by the feverish atmosphere surrounding Warrington.

Josh Warrington during the weigh-in at Leeds Civic Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story BOXING Leeds. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
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Lee Selby (left) and Josh Warrington during the weigh-in at Leeds Civic Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story BOXING Leeds. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire
(Picture: PA Wire)

The Welshman was calm and collected as he was booed by the Leeds crowd and was the unmoved as he faced off with Warrington in the final staredown.

The winner of this fight will surely move on to face Carl Frampton at Windsor Park in Belfast at the end of the summer, injuries allowing.

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