JOSH WARRINGTON prefers a good slap and no tickling between the ropes.
The happily married father of two suffered a disgusting KO loss to Maurico Lara in 2021 and a disfiguring fractured jaw in his featherweight world title against Kiko Martinez in March.
But he hated his recovery time on the sidelines and risks his health and the IBF crown against the dangerous Luis Alberto Lopez on Saturday night.
And the naughty 32-year-old admits he enjoys being pounded – by every barmaid Natasha.
The Leeds legend said: “It took a long time for the jaw to regain full strength and for me to be able to eat a steak without even caring. But now everything is fine.
“I had to swallow back the first few punches. I didn’t want to think about that for the whole camp because that leads to you making mistakes in the ring on other things and still getting caught. I put it in the back of my mind.
“And I think I even have a weird fetish for getting hit on the head.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to get Mrs Warrington to hit me or anything!
“But even when I watch other people spar and glue, I can’t help but think, ‘Let me go in.'”
Warrington spent a rare night away from camp to watch 44-year-old idol Ricky Hatton’s exhibition fight last month.
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And he used his free time away from the gym to add the piano to the guitar he already masters.
The extracurricular activities will help the 33-year-old combat veteran plan his retirement once Ms. Tasha convinces him to hang up his gloves.
“If I can make a few pounds at 44 by chin-pulling a few YouTubers, I’d be up for some of that,” he said of the internet boxing craze the hitman has tapped into.
“But I’d like to think I’m still in good shape at this age.
“My dad always tells me I’ll end up being his height, I have to tell Johnny Kebabs I’m not going to get to his 20th league at any point.
“I could end up busking in Leeds for a little change or in restaurants.
“My wife just got me a keyboard for my birthday, so maybe I play the piano in bars and restaurants and people can be like, ‘Oh look, that’s Josh Warrington over there, he used to be a boxer that we’re looking at have… K***HEAD!'”
Luckily for the thousands of Yorkshire men and women who will be watching their boy at his local arena – and hopefully following him to Las Vegas in 2023 for some overdue fun – he is now an iron man.
He required surgery on his shattered face after Martinez’s violent disruption but hopes his whiskers will grow even stronger now.
He said: “I don’t want to be caught clean, hopefully at 32 it can’t bother you anymore.
“I’ve got a metal plate in there now, so who knows, maybe it’s even stronger than before.
“I might be a bit of a cyborg man right now.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6869985/josh-warrington-fetish-world-title-fight-luis-alberto-lopez/ Josh Warrington reveals his ‘strange fetish’ ahead of world title fight against Luis Alberto Lopez