Josh Warrington Fight Report
Thomas Feaheny, Sport Correspondent
Josh Warrington gained victory in his first fight under Frank Warren's promotion, after he defeated Spaniard Kiko Martinez to retain his WBC international featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, via a points decision.
It is now 25 fights unbeaten in a row for the 26 year old, with the scores going in the Leeds Warriors favour of 114-114 and 116-112 by two of the judges.
It was always going to be a tough contest for Warrington but he made a bright start and looked in a good position after two rounds, with his footwork and punching speed giving him an advantage.
Martinez had to be looked at by a doctor at the start of the third round due to a bump on his forehead, this seemed to give him motivation to go for the attack with a number of body shots.
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Warrington though was the victor and afterwards made it clear that fighting Lee Selby for the world title is something he wants to do.
"The fight and animosity have been stewing for a while and I'm very eager to prove my doubters wrong."
"Last year, Selby was red-hot favourite as the world champion I'd challenge. It didn't happen, but the fight's certainly not dead. He gives me no credit. Let's just settle it."
Elsewhere Leeds's double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams stopped Mexican teenager Maryan Salazar in the third round.
This was a fine performance by Adams who made a real statement, with the stoppage victory.
Josh Warrington Fight Report, 16th May 2017, 20:30 PM