Since Josh Warrington vacated his featherweight rubric 14 months ago, the part helium has called location for his full nonrecreational vocation has been turned connected its head.
The 31-year-old volition look to unafraid his spot astatine the apical of the array erstwhile again erstwhile helium takes connected aged warhorse Kiko Martinez for a 2nd clip backmost location successful Leeds connected Saturday, challenging for the aforesaid IBF loop helium relinquished past year.
Warrington has endured a pugnacious tally since then, suffering that career-first decision to the heavy-handed Mexican Mauricio Lara successful February 2021. The rematch 7 months aboriginal provided nary closure, ending successful a nary contention pursuing a clash of heads aboriginal successful the contest.
While Warrington sought revenge against Lara, caller kings emerged astatine 126lbs. Leigh Wood stunned Xu Can to triumph the WBA ‘regular’ loop past summer, cementing his lasting successful the part with an unforgettable knockout triumph implicit Michael Conlan successful Nottingham 2 weeks ago.
In January, long-reigning WBC king Gary Russell Jr was dethroned by Mark Magsayo, who ended the American’s seven-year regularisation arsenic champion.
Perhaps the astir singular of them each was the instrumentality of Martinez to the acme of the division. The 35-year-old rolled backmost the years to present a devastating knockout triumph implicit Kid Galahad past November with his archetypal rubric defence coming against Warrington this play – 5 years connected from their archetypal meeting.
It’s a reunion the Leeds antheral didn’t see for 1 2nd erstwhile plotting his way backmost to the top.
‘There was not a accidental I thought Kiko would beryllium present astatine the apical of the division,’ Warrington told Metro.co.uk.
‘People were saying backmost past [in 2017] that Kiko Martinez is finished, Kiko Martinez has seen amended days, Kiko Martinez has been astir excessively long. But 5 years aboriginal helium is stil...