Rugby League Star To Carry Belt In Leeds

May 13 2014

Warrington has hero in his corner for title defence

Jamie Peacock is looking forward to a big night in another sport after being chosen as part of Leeds boxer Josh Warrington’s support team for his Commonwealth featherweight title defence in Leeds next week.

Warrington has asked Peacock to carry his title belt into the ring ahead of the fight, on Wednesday, May 21. The 23-year-old will be making the second defence of his title after stopping Leicester’s fighting binman Rendall Munroe in Manchester last month.

The first boxing show staged at First Direct Arena will be televised live on Sky Sports and Peacock said: “I am looking forward to it.

“I am really delighted he has asked me and I think Josh has got the chance to go on and do big things, not only in the boxing world, but for the city of Leeds as well. I am really privileged to be asked by him. I know him through a mate, most of my mates are Leeds United fans and Josh is a big United fan. I’ve seen him a few times and it’s come through that.

“I was a bit shocked to be asked, but it is fantastic they have brought boxing to the Arena.” Peacock has yet to practice his ring walk, but joked he is tempted to emulate wrestling star Stone Cold Steve Austin –by leaping on the ring ropes to show the belt to the crowd. He said: “I don’t know what I am supposed to do yet, but I might Stone Cold it!”

Tickets for ‘North Poer’ are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 available from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and at

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