Josh Warrington drops Leigh Wood hint but Kiko Martinez rematch is his focus

Josh Warrington says he will not let talk of a domestic blockbuster against WBA champion Leigh Wood distract him from his rematch against IBF title-holder Kiko Martinez in Leeds on Saturday.

Warrington takes on Spain's Martinez at the First Direct Arena in his home city determined to regain his IBF featherweight crown and become a two-time world champion.

The 31-year-old relinquished the belt in January 2021 and is bidding to put himself back in the division's spotlight off the back of a pair of frustrating fights against Mauricio Lara.

'The Leeds Warrior' lost to the heavy-handed Mexican at Wembley last February and was unable to exact his revenge as a deep cut sustained by Lara in an accidental clash of heads saw their rematch waved off after two rounds and ruled a technical draw.

Wood produced a devastating 12th-round knockout of Michael Conlan earlier this month with in his home city of Nottingham and could now face Warrington is a huge domestic clash.

Warrington must first take care of Martinez, who he beat by a majority decision in May 2017 before going on to become the IBF featherweight champion two fights later with victory over Lee Selby, but said he was excited at the prospect of a potential unificiation showdown against Wood.

When asked about taking on Wood in front of his adoring Nottingham fans, he told reporters: "Most definitely.

"Listen, I'd love to go and boot the doors down at the City Ground and take the balmy Leeds lot with us and beat him in his backyard.

"But let's concentrate on Saturday night and we'll go from there."

Martinez, 36, has put himself back in the big time following his shock sixth-round victory over Kid Galahad in Sheffield last November and is two-time world champion, having previously held the IBF super-bantamweight title before losing to Carl Frampton for the second time in 2014.

Martinez vs Warrington 2 fight card/undercard in full:

Kiko Martinez vs Josh Warrington

Maxi Hughes vs Ryan Walsh

Maria Cecilia Roman vs Ebanie Bridges

Dalton Smith vs Ray Moylette

Calum French vs Angelo Turco

Mali Wright vs Luis Palmer

Cory O'Regan vs Jakub Laskowski

Skye Nicolson vs TBC

Latest news