Josh Warrington will bid to become a two-time featherweight world champion tonight when he rematches Kiko Martinez at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. The pair first collided way back in February 2017 when the Leeds warrior successfully edged the Spaniard by majority decision after 12 rounds of action.
A lot has happened since then, particularly in Warrington’s rollercoaster career that has faced several hurdles in recent times.
After deciding to vacate his IBF featherweight world title in pursuit of the big fights in Las Vegas, the 31-year-old was rocked by a major upset.
Mexican underdog Mauricio Lara brutally stopped Warrington in early 2020 when he knocked him out at the Wembley Arena behind closed doors.
His shot at revenge was then wiped from beneath his feet when an accidental head clash saw the rematch waved off after just a few rounds last September.
Meanwhile, in a year full of upsets, seasoned veteran Martinez enjoyed his moment in the limelight when he successfully dethroned IBF champ Kid Galahad in Sheffield last November.
Now Warrington is looking to win back his old red strap on his road to redemption.
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There is plenty of other boxing to get stuck into, both on the stacked Matchroom card and elsewhere.
BOXXER also have a show at the Wembley Arena, headlined by Richard Riakporhe against Deion Jumah.
After a long battle with injury, the British cruiserweight contender has worked his way up the WBC rankings.
With Canelo Alvarez potentially in line to move up to fight champion Ilunga Makabu later in the year, Riakporhe could find himself in contention for some big fights.
Welshman Lee Selby has also travelled to Argentina for an IBF lightweight world title eliminator against Gustavo Lemos.
Express Sport brings you all the important details ahead of what promises to be an action-packed evening…
Josh Warrington vs Kiko Martinez –IBF featherweight title
Maxi Hughes vs Ryan Walsh – IBO lightweight title
Maria Cecillia Roman vs Ebanie Bridges – IBF bantamweight title
Dalton Smith vs Ray Moylette
Calum French vs Angelo Turco
Skye Nicolson vs TBC
Cory O’Regan vs Jakub Laskowski
Mali Wright vs Luis Palmer
Richard Riakporhe vs Deion Jumah
Louis Greene vs Harry Scarff – vacant BBBofC English welterweight title
Caroline Dubois vs Martina Horgasz
Shannon Ryan vs Claudia Ferenczi
Dan Azeez vs Matthew Tinker – BBBoC light-heavyweight title
Adam Azim vs Connor Marsden
Joe Pigford vs David Ezequiel Romero
Zak Chelli vs TBA
Hassan Azim vs Yoncho Markov
Jeamie Tshikeva vs Alvaro Terrero
Jimmy Lee vs Jose Hernandez
Chris Kongo vs Kelvin Dotel
Gustavo Lemos vs Lee Selby
Start Times and TV Channel
Warrington versus Martinez will be shown live on DAZN around the world.
If you are yet to subscribe, it will cost you £7.99 a month.
The main event is due to get underway around 10:30pm.
In London, the BOXXER show will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm with the main event due to start around 10pm.
If you want to support Selby in his challenge in South America, the bout will be shown around 8pm on Premier Sport as part of their subscription service.