The boxer has been speaking about the Leeds United chairman on Soccer AM.
Leeds United fans have a new sporting hero and he doesn’t play football. The man in question is Josh Warrington. The 24-year-old local lad is currently unbeaten in his professional career, with 22 wins from 22 fights and is the current European, WBC International and Commonwealth Featherweight Champion.
He has also fought at Elland Road and is very popular among the Leeds faithful, unlike owner Massimo Cellino. The divisive Italian has caused much debate among Leeds fans, and football fans in general, for the way he runs the club. The managerial sackings, the odd press conferences and terrible signings – Celllino is certainly entertaining.
But today he got a nod of approval from one of Leeds famous sons. Warrington, speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Am programme (12/09/2015), discussed a recent meeting with Cellino. Warrington met him prior to taking on Davide Dieli for the European title last October. He stated:
"I'd seen him before the European title fight last year, I went out on the pitch against Reading. I was walking down the tunnel before the second half, just been on the pitch and said hello to all the fans. I'm walking down the tunnel and he [Cellino] is there going 'Mr Boxer, how are you?'
"So I have gone 'Mr Cellino, how are ya?' Put my hand out shook his hand. He's gone: 'Anything you need, come see Mr Cellino'. So I said 'Listen, get yourself down to the boxing on Saturday it'll be a right good night.' Trying to get a few tickets here, you know what I mean?
"So he said 'oh yes, I am coming' and he has got all his associates with him and he says 'I'm going, I'm coming down'. So I go 'I'm fighting a lad from your neck of the woods, he's from your way' because he were an Italian lad. And he went 'Listen to me,' put his hand on my shoulder again and went, 'knock him out! I am Leeds now.' Started giving it the Leeds salute and I though go on Cellino lad!"
Certainly it is interesting to see Cellino taking such an interest in a player highly popular in the eyes of the Leeds fans.
Warrington was also asked who he would like to carry his belts out to the ring for his next fight, considering ex-Leeds players such as Dominic Matteo and Vinnie Jones have done so in the past.
His suggesting will no doubt be universally popular:
"There's a few to be fair. But over the years if I could pick one it'd be Lucas Radebe, 'The Chief', I'd like to have him there.'
"Lucas if you are out there, next fight, let's have you down there lad, we're Leeds aren't we."
Here’s hoping that Cellino can keep more than this Leeds fan happy for the rest of the season and that Radebe is leading Warrington to the ring in the near future.