Josh Warrington stopped Kiko Martinez in the seventh round of a dominating performance to reclaim his former IBF featherweight world title on Saturday night in Leeds.
Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling were on hand at the city’s First Direct Arena and celebrated the win in style.
The fight began with a superb opener from the challenger.
Warrington backed Martinez against the ropes and hammered him with combinations.
The pair then faced off and cut the Spaniard above the eye.
Warrington took advantage and floored Martinez with a huge right hook.
The champion got back to his feet and survived until the bell.
In round two, the same pattern continued as Warrington stormed again.
Martinez appeared stunned on several occasions as he was unable to cope with the Briton’s speed and punching combination.
The 36-year-old looked his age at the start, but the younger one had to step back in the third round, having expended so much energy in the first two.
The fourth was another grueling session as Warrington once again pushed Martinez against the ropes and fired combinations.
He absorbed further punishment in round five, but stubbornly refused to wither despite bleeding from cuts to both eyes.
As they reached the halfway mark, Warrington had clearly won every lap and also had a knockdown in his favor.
Going into the second half in the seventh round, the home fighter’s dominance continued.
Martinez’s face was soaked in his own blood, but the old warrior continued to hold on until the referee was finally forced to step in and save him.
A furious flurry of punches staggered the Spaniard again and the relentless Warrington put the pressure on, prompting the referee to jump between them.
The new champion emphatically celebrated reclaiming his old belt as great featherweight fights await him once again.
Boxing on talkSPORT
Visit YouTube for more talkSPORT dedicated boxing content where you’ll find exclusive interviews with Tyson Fury, Eddie Hearn and Jake Paul, plus our very own boxing insider.
OFFER OF THE DAY
Sky Bet: Bet Anything and Get €30 Free Bets* CLAIM HERE
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY, FIRST BET SINGLE AND E/W ONLY, 5p MINIMUM BET, 3 x £10 BETTING CHIPS. FREE BET SETS NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUD VIRTUAL BETS. FREE BETS ARE NOT WITHDRAWN. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. 18+ BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG