Josh Warrington can see Leeds fans downing tequila and throwing nachos at each other in Mexico

Josh Warrington has a three-fight plan following his victory over Kiko Martinez.

The Leeds Warrior became a two-time world champion after reclaiming the IBF featherweight title - a championship he never lost but instead vacated in 2021 to fight big names across the Atlantic.

His path to America was stopped in his next fight though as he tasted a shock defeat to Mauricio Lara before their rematch was ended prematurely due to a bad cut sustained above Lara's eye in September.

Warrington has welcomed a trilogy fight against Lara and is willing to go to Mexico to avenge the only defeat of his career.

"I'd love to put that one to bed. Mauricio Lara is good fighter, a dangerous puncher but he's not even on the same level as the fighters I've beat in the last few years," Warrington told Planet Sport on a Zoom press call.

"Massively," he said when asked about the possibility of a Leeds invasion in Mexico for the trilogy bout. "Tequila, Mariachi, throwing nachos at each other, it'd be absolutely mental.

"I'd love that. Listen, people will say I only fight in my backyard but that's not the case. I mean put me in someone else's backyard and I'll have the support there. Put me in someone else's backyard and there will be thousands of Leeds fans travelling. I'd travel there (to Mexico) no problem," Warrington added.

America is also a place that appeals to Warrington.

"Santa Cruz is a name I've been shouting out for a long time," Warrington added. "He was the champion when I first won the title back in 2018.

"It's got the attachment of going to America. How long have I been saying I want to go to the States?

"I've done everything I want to do over here in terms of the venues I want to fight in.

"It's just something personal, a personal goal I want to achieve by fighting in America, in someone else's backyard. Santa Cruz in the States."

Kiko Martinez is knocked down during his IBF World Featherweight Title fight against Josh Warrington at the First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture date: Saturday March 26, 2022.

Warrington, recovering from a broken jaw and left hand, which he sustained against Martinez, said he also envisaged future fights against Nottingham's WBA champion Leigh Wood as well.

The Yorkshireman added: "I feel like I've got power back in my hands. Those three fights would be fantastic [Santa Cruz, Lara and Wood].

"Santa Cruz, then putting Lara to bed and then Leigh Wood, a big domestic showdown at the City Ground.

"That would be fantastic. I would be more than happy with that. Let's just see what happens."

Leigh Wood celebrates victory over Michael Conlan

Leigh Wood's stock is at an all-time high after downing Michael Conlan in a dramatic final round of their encounter in Nottingham.

He is the WBA regular champion with Santa Cruz holding the 'Super' status despite not being active at the weight.

The other fighter who Warrington claims he has unfinished business with is Lara, and after headlining two stadiums and the First Direct Arena in Leeds, the 31-year-old is open to facing him in his own backyard.

His only disappointment is having to recover from the injuries he got during his win over Martinez, which included a broken wrist and jaw. It means it will keep him out of the gym for around six weeks meaning any hope of a summer clash in June or July is over.

"I thought I could be out in June, and then October, three times this year," Warrington said.

"So it's a bit of a stumbling block. "Six weeks (out) is a killer, absolute killer."

Warrington revealed he had had a plate inserted into his jaw and joked he had lost weight since fight night - down to 9st 8lbs from 9st 10lbs - due a liquid diet.

He added: "I've had a Mars bar put in the blender to have a milkshake. I've considered putting a kebab, fish and chips and a Big Mac in the blender, but it wouldn't be the same."

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