YORK boxing prospect Will Harrison has hailed the impact of the world-class training-mates at his gym as he prepares for a return to the ring.

Harrison is trained by reputed Leeds coach Sean O’Hagan, who is best known for his work with Josh Warrington and Maxi Hughes.

Warrington is a former IBF featherweight world champion, who rematches Kiko Martinez for his old belt at the First Direct Arena on March 26.

Competing on the same bill, Hughes defends his IBO lightweight world title against Ryan Walsh.

Working behind the scenes with two fighters competing in the highest echelons of the sport can only benefit Harrison, who makes his second professional outing in Leeds on Friday.

“Maxi and Josh have obviously had longer camps than myself because they’ll be fighting over 12 rounds,” explained the former Jorvik Boxing Club talent.

“But me and the other lads have been training with them throughout and getting the rounds in sparring.

“It’s been good vibes in the gym when everyone is looking towards their dates.

“Josh and Maxi are two world-class fighters and they’re two guys that have gone the hard route, you could say.

“They’ve done it themselves, won all the titles along the way and have had the hard fights.

“They’ve proven themselves at that (world) level and it’s great to be around that in the gym.”

Harrison kicked off his professional career back in November with a convincing 40-36 points win over Scotland’s Gary McGuire.

The welterweight will face off against Worcester veteran Michael Mooney at the Elland Road Pavilion over four rounds tomorrow evening.

The seven-fight bill will be topped by a vacant Central Area lightweight title fight between unbeaten pair Jimmy First and Justin Newell.