Josh Warrington happy to shun Anthony Joshua-style entourage for Fab Four of coaches as he prepares for Sofiane Takoucht

JOSH WARRINGTON has no idea how Anthony Joshua handles his 23-man entourage so he’s sticking with his Fab Four.

Leeds’ undefeated featherweight world champ has a Motley Crew of coaches dubbed the Unusual Suspects, headed up by dad Sean, while AJ’s team hit a whopping 23 for his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June.

Josh Warrington and his dad Sean are preparing for the upcoming fight against Sofiane Takoucht
Warrington, 28, has a Motley Crew of coaches dubbed the Unusual Suspects
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IBF king Warrington, 28, defends his strap against Sofiane Takoucht on Saturday, with the same old faces in his corner and he has no clue how Joshua handles all the added pressure of his bulging backroom.

The Leeds Warrior said: “A lot of people have asked me about that the AJ loss, asking me, ‘Where did he go wrong?’

“People talk about him not just a sportsman anymore more, he’s a brand, his head must be all over the place because he’s here, there and everywhere. Everyone wants a piece of him.

“I’ve said it many a time, some small businesses don’t have that many people working for them.

“You must lose track, all these people saying, ‘Anthony you’ve got to be here, Anthony you’re doing this, Anthony you’re doing that.’

Leeds Warrior Warrington is unbeaten in 29 fights – with six of his wins coming by way of KO

“We’ve got a small close-knit team, everyone speaks to each other and everyone knows what they’re doing.”

Warrington’s band of brothers includes Mark Hurley on strength and conditioning, Nick Manners and Jimmy Harrington.

They report to Sean who famously devised the brilliant win over Carl Frampton in December, after watching clips of the Irishman while sat on the toilet.

That leaves the fearless scrapper and dedicated daddy to twin girls to concentrate on fighting, which he hopes to take to America in 2020 in a bid to unify the division.

Revealing the secrets to his brilliant recent success, blissfully ignorant Warrington said: “My training starts with my dad, he gives out the game plan and the schedule of the camp, and then it just pyramids down.

Josh Warrington's Fab Four

Sean O’Hagan

Me and my dad have made a truce not to argue for this fight, because we argued quite a lot last camp.

It’s one of them, father-son, he’s a proud man and he’s brought me up a certain way.

He’s never wrong and I’m never wrong, it’s one of them things.

Mark Hurley

My strength and conditioning coach. He’s been with me since I boxed for my first title, the English title in 2012, he’s been with me ever since for this journey.

Nick Manners

He loves the limelight, he’s been with us since the Rendall Munroe fight in 2012.

He’s very, very loyal to our camp and very, very loyal to the whole team in general.

Jimmy Harrington 

Jimmy runs the gym in Doncaster where we do most of our sparring.

Again a very meticulous man, probably got OCD but wears the camp on his sleeve.

“I’m more or less the last to hear, they argue with each other and, if there’s a problem, they’ll sort it amongst themselves.

“If someone brings a new game plan to the table, if someone suggests a new sparring partner, they discuss it amongst themselves.

“I’m always the last to hear about it and that is fine by me.”


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