Boxing: Josh Warrington vs Martinez




Josh Warrington promised Kiko Martinez when they faced each other face to face after the official weigh-in on Friday afternoon that he would take his world championship belt tomorrow, Saturday evening, in the world championship match between the two featherweights.

Josh Warrington kept shouting “And the New” at the weigh-in ceremony as he and Martinez faced each other after being in Leeds, England for their 12-round bout for the featherweight world title tomorrow night at the ‘First Direct Arena’ in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds. Kiko Martinez weighed in at 56.8kg, according to the British Boxing Board of Control scales, just 100g lighter than Warrington, who weighed 56.9kg.

Spaniard Kiko Martinez (43-10-2, 30 KOs) makes tomorrow night the first defense of his IBF featherweight title, which he won in his last fight when he won on November 13 last year, in the ‘Sheffield Arena’ in Sheffield, England, knocked out Englishman Kid Galahad by technical knockout in the sixth round, taking away his world title.

Kiko Martinez overcame an injury above his eye sustained in the third round of the fight and sent Galahad (28-2-0, 17 KOs) down with a brutal right hand in the fifth round. Galahad just made it to the 6th round, but Martinez finally knocked out the favorite Kid Galahad in the sixth round.

Warrington will be looking to regain the IBF belt that was taken from him by Mexico’s Mauricio Lara in a 9th-round tKO victory in February last year. Warrington (30-1-1, 7 KOs, 1 NC) was held in the contracted rematch on September 4 at Leeds’ Headingley Rugby League Stadium; after Lara suffered a terrifying cut above his left eye from an accidental headbutt by Warrington, leading the ring doctor to recommend the referee to call off the fight. Since four rounds had not yet been boxed at this point, the verdict was a draw according to the IBF regulations.

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