Josh Warrington needed to present his toughness when he got here up towards Kiko Martinez final 12 months.
The pair engaged in a brutal battle over seven rounds for the IBF tremendous featherweight world title, nevertheless it was Warrington who got here out on prime.
Warrington had Martinez reduce and down on the canvas within the opening spherical of the bout, however the courageous Spaniard stayed within the struggle.
And in spherical seven the brutality continued, as Martinez landed a punch that broke the jaw of Warrington.
However, as a substitute of taking a backwards step, the aptly named ‘Leeds Warrior’ pushed ahead and unleashed a barrage of punches on his Spanish opponent that noticed the referee step in and cease the struggle.
This meant Warrington was topped IBF featherweight world champion for a second time, having misplaced the title a 12 months prior in an upset defeat to Mauricio Lara.
Warrington then had surgical procedure on his jaw within the early hours of Sunday morning, however he remained in good spirits, saying: “So, due to the outdated jaw, it’s trying fairly a dimension now. I’m on a liquid food plan all this week and subsequent.
“No fry-ups on a Monday like regular. As an alternative, I’ve obtained porridge in a cup all liquid and watered down.
“Haha, the issues it’s a must to do and worth you pay to be champion.”
In his subsequent struggle, Warrington would lose the title once more in a intently fought conflict with Luis Alberto Lopez, who gained by majority resolution.
However, he can have the prospect to turn into a three-time world champion on Saturday evening, as he takes on Nottingham’s Leigh Wooden for the WBA tremendous featherweight belt.
And the ambiance is certain to be electrical with each males being two of the perfect supported fighters within the nation, if not the world.
- Josh Warrington fought on with a damaged jaw to cease opponent and turn into a two-time world champion
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