One of Britain’s brightest talents has returned to the Lincoln boxing club where he won his first ever amateur trophy when he just was 11 years old.
Josh Warrington, who is currently the British, Commonwealth and European featherweight champion, spent time inspiring the next generation of fighting stars at the Bracebridge Amateur Boxing Club on September 1.
The Leeds fighter, who is also a dental technician, was the winner of the club’s 25th anniversary tournament back in 2001.
On returning to the club, he was joined by about 20 young fighters, who had their gloves and t-shirts signed.
He said: “It was great to return to the place where I had my first amateur fight. It certainly brought a few memories back and it’s good to come to somewhere like Lincoln which is such a nice place.
“I think it’s important that people like myself get involved and give something back to communities. People need role models – they see their favourite footballers or boxers on television but they don’t normally see them face-to-face.”
Josh faces Australian Joel Brunker in front of 12,000 fans at the First Direct Arena in his home city on September 5.
He will also return to Lincoln later this month along with British sporting legend Frank Bruno.
The duo are holding a “Best of British” event at the DoubleTree by Hilton on September 18, almost exactly 20 years to the day since Bruno claimed the heavyweight championship of the world at the fourth attempt.
The packed evening, organised by James Beattie of sports management consultancy seeitnowsports.com, will also include a luxury raffle, a silent and live auction, a comedian and other special guests.
James said: “Josh is such an inspiration and him coming to the club just a few days before the biggest fight of his career will only push the kids onto bigger and better things.
“Ticket sales for the event are going really well and we want to sell out the venue and make a night to remember for the city.”
Some of the money raised from the event will be donated to Bracebridge Boxing Club, which was first established in 1976.
Tickets start at £45, which includes a full three course meal and live entertainment, and can be found on the organiser’s website.