JOSH WARRINGTON likes the idea of Wayne Rooney leading him into a fight.
But he joked his Leeds fans would never accept him taking a ring walk with a Manchester United icon.
Leeds native Warrington is open to Man United legend Rooney accompanying him to the ring.
Former IBF featherweight champion Warrington and Derby boss Rooney formed a friendship after a show at the Liverpool Arena in October – based on their shared love of boxing and rugby league.
But the vicious rivalry between Elland Road and Old Trafford fans means English legend Roo will unfortunately never be truly welcome on the M62.
Ahead of Saturday’s rematch with current 9th IBF champion Kiko Martinez at Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Warrington grinned: “I met Wayne at a show and we had a photo.
“I got a message from some Leeds fans asking me what I do when I’m hanging out with a sc*mer!
“But he’s a real boxer and he approached me and started talking about Leeds Rhinos, he’s also a real rugby league fan.
“We both went back to the same hotel and he said he wanted to take me for a walk. I thought, ‘damn it, all right’.
“Because I still consider him a great England player – but always a sc*mer.
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“I cheered his name during Worlds and Euros.
“Walking me to the ring might be a step too far though!
“He will always be welcome ringside but you have to be from Leeds to take me to the ring. The people I’ve had in the past all knew what it meant to be Leeds.
“Wayne is a true legend, don’t get me wrong for a second. However, if I fight in Leeds then I don’t think he could kick me out!”
Warrington remains one of the most down-to-earth stars in British sport.
He snagged a kebab for him and his wife Natasha in November – when Martinez shook up the division by knocking out his old Sheffield nemesis Kid Galahad.
The 31-year-old father-of-two never brags about his fame and fortune online, instead preferring to share snaps of himself and his heavyweight father and trainer Shaun.
This working-class style is probably what keeps Warrington fashionable on some of the world’s top stars.
He said: “Wayne accomplished so much, when he showed respect for what I did it felt really good.
“We’ve stayed in touch with a few messages, we seem to like the same things.
“Sometimes it’s a little crazy when I see some of the people who like my stuff on Instagram.
“But I still see myself as a guy off the street.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4954795/warrington-wants-rooney-ring-walk-leeds-fans-wrath/ Josh Warrington wants Wayne Rooney for a ringwalk