Exclusive: Kiko Martinez discusses Josh Warrington clash on May 13

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Kiko Martinez returns to fight in the UK for a fourth time as he prepares to take on Josh Warrington at the First Direct Arena.

In previous fights, Martinez has fought the likes the likes of featherweight foes Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, but came up short on both occasions.

But the Spaniard believes his encounter with Warrington will be vastly different and is hoping for a happy ending.

“I’m very happy to be back in the UK and am confident of defeat Josh Warrington in May. He and his team selected me as his next opponent and I believe it is a big fight. I respect him as a fighter – he’s very good there’s no discussion about that, but I will inflict the first defeat in his career," Martinez exclusively told World Boxing News at the press conference this week.

“The atmosphere on the night will not worry me, it is something I have experienced in all of my fights so to me it’s just another fight. It is a very big fight for me and it can help me become one of the world’s top contenders.”

If the 31-year-old prevails then he is hoping to rekindle a rivalry with either Leo Santa Cruz or Frampton.

Santa Cruz avenged his loss to Frampton in January with a unanimous decision in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Martinez believes both men deserved credit for their performances.

“In my opinion, Leo won the fight clearly. This time round in the rematch he was much more intelligent and boxed clever. But on the other hand, Frampton was very brave in the fight. I have big respect for both fighters and they are the two best featherweight’s in the world today,” he added.

Josh Warrington and Kiko Martinez clash on May 13 with tickets available now. Click the link to find out more.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95