Josh Warrington names Billy Bremner and David Batty as the Leeds United legends he would love to carry his IBF featherweight title to the ring

Josh Warrington has revealed he would love to walk out for his next fight with Leeds United legend David Batty holding his IBF world featherweight title.

The Leeds-mad superstar has defended his prestigious red and gold strap on three occasions, with Whites captain Liam Cooper and Pablo Hernandez accompanying him on his ring walks in the past.

Pablo Hernandez helped Warrington carry his IBF title out before facing Sofiane Takoucht

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Pablo Hernandez helped Warrington carry his IBF title out before facing Sofiane Takoucht

Warrington has outlined his ambitious plans to unify the division, even admitting he will travel to America and appear of the Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury undercard.

Given the stiff level of competition and the passion with which he competes, the Leeds massive will travel to the ends of the watch to watch their ‘Warrior’ fight.

And when asked which Leeds legend he would love to accompany him to the ring for his next fight, Warrington had a clear favourite in mind.

He told talkSPORT.com: “Obviously if I can bring him back from the dead it would be Billy Bremner if it could be past or present.

Bremner was immortalised outside Elland Road in 1999 and he was voted Leeds best player in 2006

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Bremner was immortalised outside Elland Road in 1999 and he was voted Leeds best player in 2006

“But if we’re talking about ones who are out now then I think David Batty.

“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him, but I know for a fact he won’t do it just because he is such a recluse these days.

“But I’d love to have Batty out there because he was just a no-nonsense footballer; he wasn’t the best but just loved a tackle!

“And Leeds fans love him!”

Batty was as tough as they come on and off the pitch

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Batty was as tough as they come on and off the pitch

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are currently flying in the Championship and seem destined to battle with Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion side for top spot for the remainder of the campaign.

Last season ended in disaster as Derby County knocked the Yorkshire-natives out in the play-off semi-finals.

But Warrington refuses to make a promotion prediction with so much of the season left to go.

“I don’t want to jinx it,” he added. “I don’t want to talk too much about it!

Marcelo Bielsas men are chasing promotion once again

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Marcelo Bielsas men are chasing promotion once again

“I was saying earlier tonight at the awards; the weekend I beat Carl Frampton Leeds had just beat Aston Villa and we were number one for Christmas.

“And 99 per cent of teams who have been top of the table for Christmas had been promoted – if not automatically – then via the play-offs.

“And Leeds were the only ones to not follow that tradition! But things are now looking alright.

“Tuesday night’s game weren’t the best, but we ground out the result and, ultimately, that’s what needs to happen.

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“And [Patrick] Bamford got a lot of stick earlier in the season for not scoring goals and missing opportunities, but he’s starting to find back of net now!

“So it’s about timing in the Championship, a lot of teams like Leeds last year, blow out by Christmas,. You want to be top of the league by end of the season so ask me again in April!”

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