Warrington-Martinez Preview: “Toughest Test Yet”
On Saturday, British boxer and WBC International champion Joe Warrington will take on the experienced Spaniard Kiko Martinez on Warrington’s home turf at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, Yorkshire.
The undefeated Warrington (24-0) is the local favorite with his home country behind him, but he knows what a formidable foe he has in front of him in the form of Martinez. As the fight goes closer, Warrington has even said that Martinez is his "toughest test yet" as a professional.
Martinez (36-7-1) may not be undefeated like Warrington, but he will enter the ring with a significant experience advantage.
Warrington has been out of the ring for ten months, so a strong puncher like Martinez is a tall task for him as he makes his return.
Promoter Frank Warren discussed the fight for Boxing Scene, detailing both fighters’ merits heading into the bout in Leeds.
"He has got serious business to attend to," Warren said. "Spanish hard man Martinez has had plenty of time to prepare, he is not fazed by boxing abroad and has taken on many big names. He can punch himself so I think it will be an interesting fight.
"After ten months of so out of the ring, being presented with the well-seasoned Spaniard for opposition is a big ask, but Josh didn’t want a routine exercise for his return."
Warrington is being pegged as a potential next challenger to one of the world champions in the featherweight division. But Warren is fully aware that Martinez could put a stop to those plans if Warrington doesn’t put on his best performance on Saturday night.
If Warrington is successful, he will be on the fast track to taking on a big name in his next bout. But as boxing has taught us so many times over the years, anything can happen in a fight. And Martinez is looking to spoil the party.