Warrington Wins with Majority Nod
Josh Warrington makes it 25-0 after a thrilling fight against Kiko Martinez. ??
What a fight from those two! ?? pic.twitter.com/DVdBSMYXgZ
— BT Sport Boxing ?? (@BTSportBoxing) May 13, 2017
As promised, Kiko Martinez proved to be quite possibly the toughest challenge yet for Josh Warrington. Fortunately for Warrington, he passed this test.
In front of his hometown crowd in Leeds, Yorshire, United Kingdom, Warrington was able to defeat Martinez via majority decision to remain unbeaten and retain the WBC international featherweight championship.
Both fighters showed decent action in the opening round, though there seemed to be slightly more production coming from Warrington. That proved to be the case through the next couple of rounds, as Martinez ended up with a bad bump on his head from Warrington’s blows. A doctor checked in after the third, but he let the action continue.
That proved to be the right call, as Martinez would noticeably hurt Warrington in the fourth. The bout not only went the distance, but even in the rounds he didn’t win on the cards, Martinez was given some form of credit for his performance.
The fight was very close and much debated around the boxing community, with it being clear that Martinez was pushing Warrington and his limits.
Despite a great showing, it was not enough for Martinez. One judge saw the contest a 114-114 draw, while the other scored the bout 116-112 in Warrington’s favor.