JEFF POWELL: Josh Warrington raises his sights from untimely retirement to conquering the US after his dramatic victory over Kiko Martinez noticed the fighter of outdated re-emerge – and Eddie Hearn ideas 20,000 followers to journey for a stateside bout
- Josh Warrington needs to take over America after victory over Kiko Martinez
- The Leeds Warrior stopped Martinez within the seventh spherical on Saturday evening
- Promoter Eddie Hearn believes 20,000 followers would watch him combat in Las Vegas
Josh Warrington has raised his sights from the spectre of untimely retirement to the heady imaginative and prescient of invading the US on the head of his military of followers from the Lone Star State of Yorkshire.
‘It’s at all times been my dream to combat in America,’ proclaimed the Leeds Warrior after steam-rolling his technique to a second world featherweight title by crushing Spain’s growing old champion Kiko Martinez . ‘Now let’s do it.’
The troops who raised bedlam within the First Direct Enviornment late Saturday evening are up for the Atlantic crossing. So is his promoter.
Josh Warrington has raised his sights from the spectre of retirement to invading the US
Warrington’s (left) promoter Eddie Hearn is backing his fighter to make the transfer to America
‘I can see 20,000 of Josh’s followers heading for Las Vegas,’ stated Eddie Hearn. ‘Perhaps that’s not fairly within the dimension of Ricky Hatton’s 30,000 for his huge fights there towards Mayweather and Pacquiao however it’ll make for one helluva scene alongside The Strip.’
For that to occur they have to tempt one in every of two harmful Mexicans right into a championship unification combat.
Both Leo Santa Cruz, who break up one defeat and a victory with Carl Frampton and now holds the WBA title correct, or Emanuel Navarrete who wears the WBO belt.
Warrington may find yourself preventing Carl Frampton (left) or Leo Santa Cruz (proper) within the States
The Leeds Warrior may additionally combat Emanuel Navarrete, who at present wears the WBO belt
Warrington would like both of these to a home spectacular towards WBA ‘common’ champion Leigh Wooden, though he can be the favorite even in Nottingham Forest’s Metropolis floor packed as it will be with scores of 1000’s of their rival followers.
The American prospect has been made doable by Joshua’s dramatic resurrection of his belligerent former self as he snatched triumph from the jaws of an impending descent of his profession in direction of shadowy oblivion.
And by no means thoughts that by throwing warning to the winds that was he the aggressor who wound up in hospital with a damaged fist and a fractured jaw.
Warrington wound up in hospital with a fractured jaw, with this grizzly x-ray shared by Hearn
Nor that Martinez, at a ring-worn 36, turned out to be a busted flush left with little greater than the inordinate braveness which dragged him off the canvas throughout the first two rounds Warrington’s manic opening onslaught and in some way stored him upright within the seventh till referee Marcus McDonnell got here to his humane rescue from one other hellish bombardment.
Nor that this was canny piece of match-making by Hern. What issues most is that Warrington has rediscovered that zest for hand-to-hand fight which makes him one of the vital thrilling of British boxers.
He had talked throughout the construct up of needing, at 31, to scale back the whirlwind quantity of his punching to extra selective accuracy.
Warrington (proper) received the bout within the seventh spherical and subsequently reclaimed his IFB strap
That by no means sounded smart and, in character, he let fly with extra blows within the first six minutes than most prize-fighters would decide to in as many rounds.
Though that meant breaking a few of his personal crockery on the balding however concrete head of his opponent and risked injury to his jaw being inflicted by one of many few huge photographs landed by Martinez.
Nothing was going to cease Warrington reclaiming the IBF title he had unwisely vacated 14 months earlier and thereby left himself prey to an surprising first profession defeat by one other Mexican, the extravagantly gifted however foolishly underestimated Mauricio Lara.
Not some ache of his personal. Definitely not Martinez. Hardly anybody with the idol of the dales on this temper, one pushed by the miserable consequence implicit in one other loss.
Hearn says Warrington ‘skilled like a demon’ in preparation for his title showdown
‘Josh skilled like a demon by means of worry of the choice,’ stated Hearn. As he climbs again to the head, Warrington must preserve being pushed by the truth that more durable challenges within the brighter future which can comply with this redemption.
Because the clock within the Enviornment ticked previous midnight and on in direction of British summertime, a beaming image of him got here blazing onto the enormous screens.
True to the normal manner during which winners of world title fights are introduced within the ring, the caption learn: ‘And The New Josh Warrington.’
Really it was the outdated Josh Warrington. And all the higher for that.