Josh Warrington (24-0) vs. Kiko Martinez (36-7-1)
Josh Warrington is looking to defend his WBC international featherweight belt for the fourth consecutive time. In his last fight he successfully stopped Patrick Hyland with a technical knockout in round nine. This Saturday he will be facing a very experienced fighter in Kiko Martinez. The Spaniard has faced notable names such as Carl Frampton and has the clear advantage in experience and rounds spent in the ring.
But still, Warrington is a very promising boxer in the featherweight division. The obvious stain on his record is the lack of stoppage victories. Warrington has only four. Even though he clearly lacks punching power, he definitely has the skills to out box opponents through 12 rounds. Warrington has very fast hands and is a clear definition of a volume puncher. You need to be in shape to face this guy. He’s fights well with range and can make opponents look silly while chasing him. Warrington’s footwork and overall movement are also key factors in his game. He’s young, hungry and fights smart – the right combination for the style that he uses.