Josh Warrington reveals his secret weapon ahead of his rematch with Kiko Martinez
Josh Warrington offers to become a double world champion when he challenges Kiko Martinez for his former IBF featherweight title in front of his local fans in Leeds
Josh Warrington is confident of becoming a double world champion – thanks to his lucky eggs.
For years, Warrington received half a dozen eggs from the Poole family when he dropped off their fight tickets. Pooles have backed Warrington throughout his career and he was disappointed he couldn’t carry on that tradition for his defeat and draw against Mauricio Lara last year.
He made sure to get his eggs back ahead of tonight’s rematch with IBF featherweight champion Kiko Martinez and is adamant he will win to reclaim his former title. Warrington said: “I’ve always put in tickets for people who have been coming for a long time and the Poole family have been coming since my days as mayor, when I was battling for the English title as mayor of Leeds.
“I’ve been going there for six years and Terry gives me half a dozen eggs. It’s a bit of a tradition actually. I couldn’t get them for Lara’s first fight because it was in the bubble and there were no tickets sold. I didn’t get them for the second fight either because I was so busy with everything else that my buddies dropped off the tickets.
“Terry swears the reason I got beat up by Lara is because I didn’t go get the eggs until that first fight. I was back this time and Terry is at peace now. eggs, he is convinced that I will be a double world champion.
Warrington, 31, knows his career is on the line and a loss to two-weight world champion Martinez on Saturday night could end it. Although Martinez is 36, he can still dig in, as Kid Galahad can attest, and he’s a real threat.
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Warrington also need to knock Lara’s loss out of their system after their rematch ended in a technical draw and the pressure is very high on him. Victory, however, would spark a huge unification clash at the City Ground or Elland Road against Nottingham’s WBA champion Leigh Wood.
Warrington refuses to look that far, even though he once beat Martinez at the First Direct Arena in Leeds in 2017, as he lost to Lara when he forgot it. “Kiko was supposed to be finished when I boxed him five years ago, but he proved he was far from finished,” he said.
“I certainly don’t look past him because one lesson I learned from the Lara fight was to never underestimate anyone.” Warrington has already planned his reward if he wins and he will ride his precious Yamaha motorcycle.
“I have a Yamaha MT07 and when I’m on my bike I love it,” he said. “Whitby, Scarborough, that’s where I want to go. Yesterday I was sitting in my backyard and where I live a lot of bikers go out to a bike cafe near my house and all day it was “vrooom!” For me, it was like being on a diet and having to walk past fast food chains. I can’t wait to get out on my bike.