Via Barry Holbrook: IBF featherweight champions Kiko Martinez and Josh Warrington will meet tonight in a rematch on DAZN in Leeds, England. The battle pass begins at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Five years ago, Warrington (30-1-1, 7 KOs) beat Kiko (43-10-2, 30 KOs) by a questionable 12th round majority decision in May 2017 in Leeds.
That victory is seen by many boxing fans as part of Warrington’s hometown of Leeds. Boxing News 24 will update live and results below of tonight’s action on the fight between Martinez vs. Warrington 2.
Tonight, Warrington will be back at home in Leeds to challenge Martinez for his 126-kb IBF title, and we can only hope that if the competition runs through 12 rounds, we won’t see it. Another controversial result.
Martinez just won a nasty sixth-round knockout against IBF featherweight champion Kid Galahad last November in Sheffield, England.
For his part, Warrington recently battled for a disappointing two-round technical draw against his former conqueror Mauricio Lara last September in Leeds, a match that ended after the warrior Mexico was badly slashed because of a clash.
Some boxing fans believe that Warrington purposely rammed Lara in the head to get out of the fight to avoid being knocked out by him again.
Martinez & Warrington risk everything
“Confrontations are always exciting. Generally, you get a rematch because the first one was too good. This rematch is completely different,” Boxing in the match promoter Eddie Hearn.
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“This rematch comes five years after the first. This time for a world title [IBF featherweight belt]. This rematch comes as a surprise, this rematch comes to everything on the net.
“Kiko Martinez vs Kid Galahad is one of the most remarkable changes in a fight. Kiko Martinez did not win a round. We represent Kid Galahad, and we were devastated for him. We want Josh Warrington to win big on Saturday.
“We also love Kiko Martinez. How can you not love Kiko Martinez? He was really a guy earlier in his career who might have lacked a bit of discipline, but discipline has been instilled in his career as was introduced this Indian summer,” Hearn said.
“When I go into a war of this magnitude, the only thing I think about is my family, that they can have a good life and want nothing. I want them to feel proud of the work I do every day,” said Kiko Martinez.
“Feelings and emotions go into the night of the fight and what happens after is fear, adrenaline, nerves, anxiety running through your blood,” Warrington said. “The next day is pandemic and the joy of victory brings an eye like never before.
“It’s a feeling that only lasts a few days before you go back to the gym, but it’s a special feeling. I’ve only been through it twice. The first time was a knockout loss [to Mauricio Lara], and the second is a draw. I try not to dwell on them too much,” says Warrington.
“The fight with potentially career-ending Mauricio Lara to come back and accept that rematch at Headingley, showed a lot of heart [by Warrington].
“Obviously nothing happened in Headingley, but to get this opportunity to be a twice in his city, all the dreams we had when he came back to us. at Matchroom, it’s all in his hands if he can win on Saturday,” Hearn said of Warrington.
Does Warrington have anything left?
“There are certainly a few more chapters to be written in the Josh Warrington story. Now I’m reaching my peak years. That shows in the gym and that shows in my workouts,” says Warrington.
“My mind is stronger than ever. I have experienced failures and I have learned from them. I studied like a warrior. There is still life in the old dog,” Warrington said.
“There are still two more battles in the Kiko Martinez story,” Kiko said. “I need to be a unified world champion [at 126]. I’m keeping my belt, and I’m willing to give everything in the ring.
“I will never give up and I will pay whatever it takes to maintain my position as world champion,” Martinez said.
Hearn of Kiko and Warrington said: “The fight between these two is insanely fast. Hearn said: “This match will be even more raging with two guys who want to win, two who need to win.
Warrington talks about the importance of tonight’s fight against IBF featherweight champion Kiko.
“The followers that will support me and support me for my own family and legacy are huge in what’s going,” Warrington said.
Kiko predicts KO
“My final prediction is to win KO,” Martinez said of his prediction tonight in the long-awaited rematch with Josh.
“I envisioned this continuously throughout my camp, at night, in the mountains, on the bag, in the game, every moment being able to knock Josh Warrington out,” says Martinez.
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“My final message to Josh Warrington is don’t make excuses after the game,” Martinez said. “Don’t say it’s a lucky punch or it’s weight.
“He’s had weeks to prepare, so let’s be honest with him after I win the match,” Kiko said.
“I think this is the end for both fighters if they lose on Saturday night,” Hearn said of Warrington and Martinez. “Each of them are great world champions.
“Each of them just wanted to do the sport with a belt around their waist. This is an absolute win for Josh Warrington and Kiko Martinez,” said Eddie Hearn.