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Josh Warrington challenges Kiko Martinez on March 26th in Leeds, UK

Josh Warrington, Kiko Martinez boxing photo

By Scott Gilfoid: Josh Warrington challenges IBF featherweight champion Kiko Martinez on March 26th on DAZN at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK.

It’s a questionable move by Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn lining Warrington up for a title shot against Martinez after the way he’s performed lately, but oh well, this is what he wants.

This might be the end for Warrington unless the fight is stopped due to his head-butting like last time. Warrington’s punch resistance looks GONE at this point, and he’s facing the wrong guy in Martinez, who can punch like a mule kicks.

You would think with Warrington coming off two dreadful back-to-back performances against Mauricio Lara in 2021, he’d be the last person to be getting a world title shot against the 35-year-old Kiko.

Despite not winning a fight in over TWO years, Warrington gets hometown advantage against the IBF champion Martinez. Wow!

Does Martinez need a knockout to win?

Poor Martinez will be up against it in this fight, dealing with a massive pro-Warrington crowd in Leeds and likely needing a knockout to get the win.

What happens if Warrington goes full Billy goat on Kiko when the times get tough in the fight. I mean, all you had to put is a pair of horns and a white fur coat on Warrington, and you’d have had a genuine Billy goat in the ring with Lara. Warrington wasn’t even disguising his goat-like traits.

We just witnessed Warrington causing his rematch with Mauricio Lara to be halted last September when he repeatedly rammed heads with the Mexican warrior.

Some boxing fans believe that the 31-year-old Warrington intentionally head-butted Lara to avoid getting knocked out a second time.

What would have made it far worse for Warrington is that his hometown boxing fans would have witnessed the garbage, and many of them would have likely abandoned ship permanently.

What was humorous was how Warrington blabbering to the fans afterward, talking about how disappointed he was that his fight with Lara was stopped due to the cut.

Mauricio Lara must be furious now

As Gilfoid said, it looked like Warrington was lowering his head and charging forward to ram Lara like an oversized Billy goat. From the first round, you could see that the fight wouldn’t last more than a round or two with the way Warrington was diving forward headfirst.

Mauricio Lara has got to be feeling pretty upset after hearing the news of Warrington (30-1-1, 7 KOs) being given a title shot against IBF 126-lb champion Kiko (43-10-2, 30 KOs) rather than him. Gilfoid is speechless at seeing this indignity.

In the sense of fairness, it should be Lara that is being given a world title shot against Kiko rather than the guy he knocked out. Yeah, boxing is a business, and it makes sense for Warrington to be getting the title shot based on that angle.

It just doesn’t look fair that Warrington is getting the world title shot rather than his conqueror, particularly after the head-butting exhibition that Josh put on last September in the rematch in Leeds.

In their first fight last February, Lara (23-2-1, 16 KOs) whipped Warrington like an old rug, stopping him in the ninth round at Wembley Arena in London, UK. But in Lara-Warrington rematch last September in Leeds.

Josh Warrington, Kiko Martinez boxing photo

Martinez was pure gold in his last fight, stopping IBF featherweight champion Kid Galahad in the sixth round last November in Sheffield, UK.

Galahad had his way through the first four rounds of the contest, and it looked like he was going to wear down the grizzled 18-year pro.

In the fifth round, Martinez landed a couple of big shots that made it clear that Galahadcouldn’t afford to take too many more of those types of punches without him hitting the deck. It was strange that Kiko waited until the fifth and sixth before loading up on his shots.

Once that happened, it was the beginning of the end for Galahad. In the fifth round, Kiko nailed Galahad with a heat-seeking right hand that exploded off his jaw like a giant supernova, sending him down on the canvas.

Galahad got up, but there was no way he would last much longer. Sure enough, in the sixth round, Kiko finished Galahad to get the TKO victory.

Hearn claims Warrington wanted Lara trilogy

“It was more Kiko Martinez. We had promotional options on him,” said Eddie Hearn to Talksport on WHY he’s choosing to defend against Warrington next.

“We talked about a rematch with Kid Galahad, and he rightfully so going up to 130 at super featherweight and Kiko Martinez had a very close fight with Josh Warrington before.

“He [Kiko] wanted to go and rematch him because he believes he can beat him. It’s a big money fight for him. When Josh Warrington got the call, as much as he wanted a trilogy with  Mauricio Lara, he’d rather do that as a world champion.

“For him to get a chance to reclaim a piece of that world championship within the division. Also, importantly just two weeks before that with Michael Conlan against [WBA ‘regular’ featherweight champion] Leigh Wood.

The winner of that fight, which I believe will be the super championship with the WBA can unify against the winner of Warrington against Kiko Martinez. That’s another huge fight and two featherweight world championships dropping in March on DAZN,”  said Hearn.

Martinez got the short end of the stick in his fight with Warrington in 2017 in Leeds.  It was the WORST robbery Gilfoid has ever seen in his life, and it was so, so sad to watch.

Warrington fought well enough to deserve two, maybe three rounds at best, and yet he was given the victory.

That fight showed more than anything the importance of being the hometown boy, which is why it’s so surprising that Kiko wants to return to the scene of the crime for a second go-round.

This is a perfect example of Martinez not learning from his past experience in venturing into  Warrington’s hometown.




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