Josh Warrington wins world title with Kiko Martinez


Josh Warrington will look to become a two-time world champion when he fights Kiko Martinez for the IBF featherweight crown in Leeds on March 26.

Warrington defeated Martinez by majority decision in May 2017 on his way to becoming the world champion and will face him again at the same venue of First Direct Arena in his hometown.

Martinez, 35, won the title in a big upheaval in November when he knocked out Britain’s Kid Galahad in the sixth round after being outclassed for most of their fight at Sheffield.

Warrington wrote on Twitter: “We’re leaving with Kiko… funny old fashioned boxing”

Warrington became IBF World Champion with a split decision victory over Lee Selby at Elland Road in January 2018 and successfully defended his title three times.

The 31-year-old gave up his belt in January last year after the IBF refused to allow a unification fight with WBA champion of China Xu Can.

Warrington suffered his first career loss the following month in an untitled fight against the unannounced Mauricio Lara after more than a year of inactivity.

The Leeds boxer’s last appearance was in a rematch against Lara at Headingley Stadium in September, which ended in a technical draw after the Mexican was cut above his left eye during a accidental clash of heads.


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