TYSON FURY will be able to call on some serious back-up this Friday at WWE’s SmackDown if needed – none other than world champion Josh Warrington.
The Gypsy King, 31, raised eyebrows last month when it was announced he would be swapping the boxing ring for the squared-circle to battle 27st Braun Strowman.
Undefeated IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington will be a special guest backstage when WWE hits Manchester on FridayCredit: PA:Press Association
The star watched on with keen interest as fellow boxer Tyson Fury defeated Braun Strowman at WWE's Crown Jewel last ThursdayCredit: Reuters
But his celebration was short-lived, as the former tag-team title holder recovered and hit Fury with a powerslam before departing backstage.
Now SunSport can reveal that another of England’s most-loved boxing superstars will also be backstage for the extravaganza in the North West.
And the undefeated IBF featherweight title holder Warrington is prepared to follow Fury’s example if any of WWE’s superstars disrespect him.
The 28-year-old Leeds Warrior, a long-time fan of WWE, told SunSport: “I’m very much looking forward to being at the wrestling this Friday in Manchester.
“I remember growing up watching WWE and I’ll be coming along with my nephew, who is two generations down the line and a huge fan now.”
Warrington added: “It’s great to see so many boxers being involved both past and present. Over the years we’ve had Floyd Mayweather and of course we’ve just seen Tyson Fury – who did really well.
“So I’m really looking forward to being a part of it but I’m going to let everyone know now – if anyone starts on me then they’ll be getting a DDT from the Leeds Warrior.
“I might only 5ft 7in, but a kick to the stomach and a DDT and they’ll be out for the count. Let’s have it!”
Stay tuned to @WWEUK on Twitter and Sun Sport for more on Warrington's backstage visit.