Spanish IBF featherweight champion Kiko Martinez will defend his belt against British fighter Josh Warrington in a 12-round bout that will be the main event of the boxing night organized by Matchroom Boxing and DAZN on March 26th at the First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
ABOUT kiko martinez
Kiko Martinez is a 35-year-old experienced Spanish boxer with more than 50 professional fights under his belt. ‘La sensación’ is the featherweight champion representing the IBF, and will seek his first title defense on March 26 in England, where unfortunately for him he has not had much fortune in his fights.
Martinez arrives after a surprise in his last fight against Kid Galahad, since the latter was then the champion, was the big favorite to win and was also fighting at home: England. The Spanish defeated Galahad with one of the best knockouts of the year and was crowned as the champion of this division in front of the fans who supported the local. Here are the best moments of the fight (via DAZN).
ABOUT Josh Warrington
Josh Warrington is an extremely skilled British boxer, who already defeated Kiko Martinez in 2017 by majority decision. ‘The Leeds Warrior’ is a former champion of the featherweight division, and has been consecrated in this division beating opponents of very good level as Kid Galahad, Carl Frampton and Lee Selby, however, he has just lost by knockout, in what represents today his only defeat as a professional, against Mauricio Lara.
Warrington had his rematch against Lara last September, but unfortunately the fight had to be stopped after the second round due to a strong clash of heads that ended in a very large cut on the eyelid of the Mexican. It is possible that Mauricio Lara had more merit to face Kiko Martinez, but apparently it is planned that Josh Warrington regain the belt and defend it later in a third fight against Lara.
What do you think of this bout? beyond the fact that it is a meritorious fight for the Briton, who do you see as the winner? Do you think the third fight between Warrington and Lara (for the title or not) is coming? Keep up to date with everything that happens in the featherweight division.