Via Scott Gilfoid: Josh Warrington challenges IBF featherweight champion Kiko Martinez on March 26 on DAZN at First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK.
It was a questionable move by Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to pitch Warrington for a match against Martinez following his recent performance, but oh come on, this is what he wants.
This could be the end for Warrington unless the fight is stopped due to his headbutt like last time. Warrington’s punch resistance looks DONE at this point, and he’s facing a mistake in Martinez, who can punch like a mule.
You would think with Warrington coming soon two scary backs performance with Mauricio Lara in 2021, he will be the last to get the world champion title before 35-year-old Kiko.
Despite not winning a single match in over TWO years, Warrington has a hometown advantage over IBF champion Martinez. OH!
Does Martinez need a knockout to win?
Poor Martinez will be up against it in this fight, dealing with a large crowd of pro-Warrington in Leeds and likely needing a knockout to win.
What happens if Warrington goes? full goat Billy about Kiko when times get tough in battle. I mean, all you have to do Set is a pair of horns and a white fur coat on Warrington, and you’ve got a real Billy goat in the ring with Lara. Warrington didn’t even disguise his goat-like features.
We just saw Warrington put his rematch against Mauricio Lara on hold last September when he repeatedly headbutted the Mexican fighter.
Some boxing fans have suggested that 31-year-old Warrington purposely headbutted Lara to avoid being knocked out a second time.
What will make Warrington so much worse is that his hometown boxing fans will have to witness the rubbish scene, and many of them are likely to have abandoned the ship for good.
What’s funny is the way Warrington bad-mouths fans afterwards, talking about how frustrated he is that his fight with Lara has been halted due to a cut.
Mauricio Lara must be very angry right now
As Gilfoid said, it looks like Warrington is ducking his head and lunging forward to butt Lara like an oversized Billy goat. From the first round, you can see that the fight won’t last more than an inning or two given the way Warrington rushes forward.
Mauricio Lara must have felt very sad after hearing that Warrington (30-1-1, 7 KOs) was awarded the belt in a match against 126-lb IBF champion Kiko (43-10-2, 30 KOs) and not him. Gilfoid was speechless when he saw this outrage.
To be fair, Lara should have been awarded the title of world champion against Kiko, not the one he took down. Yes, boxing is a business, and it makes perfect sense for Warrington to win the title based on that angle.
It seems unfair that Warrington is getting the world title rather than his conqueror, especially after the head-butting exhibit Josh staged last September during the Leeds rematch.
In their first match last February, Lara (23-2-1, 16 KOs) whip Warrington like an old rug, stopping him in the ninth round at Wembley Arena in London, UK. But in the Lara-Warrington rematch last September in Leeds.
Martinez was pure gold in his final bout, stopping IBF featherweight champion Kid Galahad in the sixth round last November in Sheffield, UK.
Galahad made it through the first four rounds of the competition, and it looks like he’s going to wear down a faded 18-year professional path.
In the fifth round, Martinez landed a couple of big hits that made it impossible for Galahad to land too many of those punches if he hadn’t hit the deck. Oddly enough, Kiko waited until Thursday and Friday before taking her photos.
Once that happened, that was the beginning of the end for Galahad. In the fifth round, Kiko nailed Galahad with his right arm seeking heat exploding from its jaws like a giant supernova, send him down on the canvas.
Galahad got up, but there was no way he could last much longer. Certainly in game 6, Kiko completed Galahad to get a TKO win.
Hearn claims Warrington wants Lara . trio
“It’s more Kiko Martinez. We had advertising options for him,” Eddie Hearn told Talksport about WHY he chose to defend Warrington next.
“We talked about a rematch with Kid Galahad, and he was right to go 130th in the featherweight super and Kiko Martinez had a very close fight with Josh Warrington before that.
“He [Kiko] wants to go rematch him because he believes he can beat him. It was a big money fight for him. When Josh Warrington took the call, as much as he wanted a movie trilogy with Mauricio Lara, he wants to do it as a world champion.
“To give him a chance to win back the world championship within the framework of the tournament. Also, importantly just two weeks before 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 be united with Warrington’s winner against Kiko Martinez. It was another big game and two featherweight world championships dropped in March on DAZN,” Hearn said.
Martinez received a brief end to his fight with Warrington in 2017 in Leeds. It was the BEST robbery Gilfoid has ever seen in his life, and it is so, very sad to watch.
Warrington fought well enough to deserve two, possibly three innings, but he won.
That fight shows more than anything the importance of being a hometown boy, which is why it was surprising that Kiko wanted to return to the crime scene in the second round.
This is a perfect example of Martinez not learning from his past experience when venturing to Warrington’s hometown.