Josh Warrington was taken to hospital after struggling a suspected fractured jaw and damaged hand in his world title victory over Kiko Martinez.
Warrington dominated the Spanish champion from the primary bell, dropping him within the opening spherical earlier than the combat was stopped within the seventh. In profitable again the belt, Warrington turns into a two-time champion having relinquished the title 15 months in the past.
He went on to be brutally knocked out by Mauricio Lara earlier than their rematch was halted within the second spherical with the Mexican badly reduce. He was handed a shock shot at redemption when Martinez KO’d Kiko Galahad final November and opted to defend his belt in opposition to Warrington.
And the Leeds man proved his critics improper with a whirlwind show in entrance of his raucous military of followers, catapulting again to the highest of his weight division and placing a wretched 2021 behind him in fashion. A vicious proper hook landed flush on Martinez’s chin and despatched him to the canvas within the opening spherical. He rose to his ft after a rely of eight earlier than a reduce opened up above his left eye, near his nostril.
The defending champion got here underneath severe strain within the second spherical because the Leeds crowd roared Warrington on to what they hoped could be an early victory. However Martinez proved he’s as robust as a walnut. He weathered the storm and regarded to get again within the combat as Warrington eased off the pedal.
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Warrington had his opponent on the ropes once more within the fourth spherical and a collection of pumping rights within the fifth cranked the world again as much as full quantity. Martinez was sluggish to come back out for the sixth as his reduce eye was tended to and ended the spherical nodding in appreciation after being caught by one other ramrod proper on the finish of it.
Warrington sensed it was his time and hurled himself on the Spaniard initially of the seventh, trapping him on the ropes and pummelling him to a standstill earlier than the referee stepped in to finish the combat. The winner struggled by means of his post-fight harm earlier than being taken to hospital for precautionary checks.