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Summary

  1. Josh Warrington defends IBF world featherweight title against Yorkshire rival Kid Galahad
  2. Fight at Leeds Arena expected to start at 22:00 BST
  3. Follow live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live (UK only)

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By Luke Reddy

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  1. Welcome to Leeds

    Warrington v Galahad

    Tom Gayle

    BBC Sport at Leeds Arena

    Stand up if you hate Man Utd rings out around the Leeds
    arena! The locals certainly know how to make Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett feel welcome!

    Barrett is currently in the ring facing Leon Woodstock, the last fight before our main event.

  2. Two fights, one night…

    Listen to both on 5 Live

    BBC Radio 5 Live

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    A reminder that all of tonight’s boxing will be exclusively on BBC Radio 5 live.

    In Leeds for Warrington v Galahad, commentator Jonathan Overend and pundits Andy Lee and Jamie Moore.

    In Las Vegas, commentator Mike Costello will be joined by former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

    The action will be live on 5 Live at around 22:15 BST and then Fury’s fight will be on at around 04:00 BST.

    You can listen on your radio or click play at the top of the live-text pages like this one.

  3. A feisty one…

    Warrington v Galahad

    Right, so here’s some history.

    Josh Warrington beat Kid Galahad in the amateurs.

    The pair come from Leeds and Sheffield respectively, so there’s always some rivalry.

    Galahad was handed a two-year backdated doping ban in 2016. Warrington believes his rival hasn’t really showed any remorse, while Galahad said the offence stemmed from someone putting something in his drink.

    The whole doping chat has raised its head in the build-up to this fight, as you may expect, with Warrington stating Galahad is lucky to have a career.

    Galahad’s team have said Warrington is lacking hunger now as a result of his world-champion status.

    Warrington did not enjoy that assertion. At Friday’s weigh in, some videos emerged of his fans chasing Galahad out of the building.

    So there. It’s heated and they don’t like one another. You’re up to speed.

  4. comments

    Mark:Warrington on points in a very close fight. Controversy and some Leeds hometown cooking.

    Pommydad:Living in Australia it’s easy to keep up with you guys… just doing it while moving house sucks.

    Who do you have picked tonight for Warrington v Galahad and Fury v Schwarz. And how will you stay up for the Las Vegas fight with us?

    Pommydad has gone to the trouble of living in Australia so he can be with us. Now that is commitment my friends.

    Shout out to Pommydad!

  5. Galahad holds dreamland key

    Warrington v Galahad

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    Video caption: Boxing: Josh Warrington and Kid Galahad speak ahead of their world title clash

    Josh Warrington says his rival tonight holds the key to his dreamland – a move to the US for glamour fights

    Galahad on the contrary admits he is going to have to land the kind of away win which defines world champions.

    You can see a snippet of what they’ve had to say by clicking play above.

  6. No love for the Prince…

    Warrington v Galahad

    Tom Gayle

    BBC Sport at Leeds Arena

    Mixed reception for Sheffield’s former world champion
    Naseem Hamed as he’s presented with the only belt that managed to avoid him,
    the ring magazine title. Some cheers but plenty of boos. He takes the time to
    call for peace and love and how much respect he has for Leeds on Josh
    Warrington.

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  7. A home city fighter

    Warrington v Galahad

    Josh Warrington

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    So welcome to Leeds, a city which packs an atmosphere and has got right behind Josh Warrington.

    He’s pretty big time now but this week said he misses being allowed to deliver tickets to fans in the way he once did. When you’re at the top of the mountain though, there’s a long way to fall, so there must be focus.

    I make this the 13th time he’s fought in his home city.

    Kid Galahad is very much going into the lion’s den here…

  8. One more step to dreamland

    Warrington v Galahad

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    So first it’s Leeds Arena.

    Our BBC Radio 5 Live boxing producer Tom Gayle has sent this image through and this may well be the last time IBF World Featherweight champion Josh Warrington competes here in the city that made him.

    He told BBC Sport this week that he actually hopes his career takes him to the US after this grudge match with a man he beat twice as an amateur.

    “I’m at a stage where I’m outside the fairground, Galahad has the keys and once I get through the gates I’m into dreamland, a place where I never ever thought I would be,” Warrington told the 5 Live Boxing podcast.

    “I can be part of Madison Square Garden or the things in Vegas. I want to aim for the stars and it’s 36 minutes away.

    “I keep telling people this could be the last time I am at Leeds Arena and I kind of want it to be.”

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    So first things first, I want your interaction.

    How are you going to stay up tonight for these two fights – both of which are on BBC Radio 5 Live. Do you have a fool-proof plan to keep the eyes open?

    And who wins and how? Warrington on points? Fury quick stoppage?

    Hit me up on #bbcboxing.

  10. The punching situation

    Kid Galahad, Tyson Fury, Tom Schwarz and Josh Warrington

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    So how is this going to work?

    This live text will cover off Josh Warrington’s world-title bout with Kid Galahad. It’s safe to say they don’t get along.

    Then after the action, we will probably disappear for a few hours (don’t worry, the US Open golf will be in full swing to fill the void) before coming back at about 2am for some Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz from Las Vegas.

    You up for it? Good. So are we.

  11. No towels coming in!

    Welcome to a big night

    Tyson Fury and Josh Warrington

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    It is a big night of boxing.

    Dig in, bite down on your gumshield, get yourself some supplies and an energy drink and let’s get this on.

    There will be no towels coming into the corner with us and if you guys throw it in, shame on you!