Leigh Wood retained the WBA featherweight title against Michael Conlan and now wants Josh Warrington in a big stadium game but Kiko Martinez comes first for Leeds-man
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Josh Warrington claims he couldn’t dream of a major world unification title clash with Leigh Wood until he looked after Kiko Martinez.
Athlete Eddie Hearn wants to fight WBA featherweight champion Wood against Warrington at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground or Elland Road. Warrington, 31, could reclaim his IBF crown from Martinez on March 26 at Leeds’ First Live Arena and says he has learned from his shock loss to Mauricio Lara last year not to give up anyone.
“Yes, the prospect of Leigh Wood could give me extra motivation as you know it could be a potential fight after this one,” the Leeds boxer told Mirror Sport. “But at the same time, no, because you don’t want to get too busy and distracted and glance at the man in front of you.
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“That happened to me in my first fight with Lara. I focused on Can Xu, thinking about a unified fight there, and I took my eyes off the ball. Even though I know success will lead to bigger things, I still have to continue to maintain Kiko’s affections. There are rewards if I succeed on the 26th, but you can’t focus on it too much or focus on it too much. You have to focus on Martinez and go from there. “
Warrington watched Wood’s stunning win over Michael Conlan on Saturday at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena as he knocked out the Belfast boxer with 90 seconds remaining to keep his WBA belt. Warrington claims Wood and Conlan have restored boxing’s image following a bitter dispute over the score for Josh Taylor’s win over Jack Catterall in Glasgow last month.
“I watched it and gave credit to both fighters, both of whom fought brilliantly,” he said. “With what happened to Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall the last couple of weeks, boxing is under a bit of scrutiny, but after the weekend a lot of people are saying this is why boxing is the sport. best in the world. What a contest! There aren’t many times when you have a fight like that, a real Rocky Balboa fight.
“It was definitely one of the best things I’ve seen in terms of how it fell. If Mick survived the final round, you could tell it was a hell of a performance by Conlan. But crediting Wood for his persistence and never-ending attitude, he kept going. He was caught many times and beaten on the scorecard, although he swiped it back and got the result he wanted. It was a great fight. ”
Warrington is excited about the future and told his wife he has no plans to retire because there are a lot of big fights coming his way if he beats Martinez. I told her, I’m not sure when I’ll retire because there’s potentially four or five games for me on paper,” he said.
“There’s Leigh Wood, Leo Santa Cruz, the third Lara battle, there’s Mark Magsayo, who beat Gary Russell Junior, there’s Navarrete, there’s a lot of potential big fights there. Feathers are red hot. But first, I have to get through the next match against Kiko Martinez. ”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/josh-warrington-opens-up-possible-26471934 Josh Warrington opens on a possible unity clash with WBA champion Leigh Wood