Exclusive: Josh Warrington, Frank Warren discuss May 13 Kiko Martinez clash, plans for the future

Joe Hewlett 16/03/2017

Josh Warrington has shared his delight at joining the Frank Warren stable ahead of his fight with Kiko Martinez on May 13.

The Leeds favourite left Matchroom just before Christmas and has revealed his excitement on the next chapter of his career.

Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News at the press conference on Wednesday, Warrington said: “It’s brilliant to be part of his stable. Frank’s been doing things with Box Nation for five years and he’s now got BT behind him as well so it’s exciting times. He’s put a lot of time and effort into boxing and boxers themselves, so it’s really good to be part of the team. Frank has told me he’ll do whatever he can to get me a world title shot and I can’t wait to get back out there.”

Warrington came toe-to-toe with his opponent in Leeds and has the highest amount of respect for the Spaniard. However, ‘The Warrior’ has insisted he needs to defeat Martinez in style when the duo collide at the First Direct Arena.

“I need to be realistic, I’ve been calling out champions and telling people that I’m good enough to win world titles, so I now need to go and prove it and it all begins with my fight against Kiko. He has given everyone he’s fought a tough night so I know it’s going to be a good test, but I’m not fighting him just to get to victory, I’m looking to win in style for the fans and send out a message to all the champions that I’m coming.”

Warren is convinced he’s found the full package in Warrington – a fighter who possesses all the tools to succeed in the ring whilst also carrying a huge following from his hometown.

He said: “Josh has got a fantastic fan base and at this stage of his career it is as good as Ricky Hatton’s. We’ve got two months to go before the fight and he could fight tomorrow if he had to. He looks after himself and has a great attitude and genuinely believe that he can go on to do big things.

“I’m committed to doing everything I can to help achieve his ambitions of becoming a world champion and what better way than winning a title at a rammed out Ellend Road. It will be a night no-one could ever forget,” he added.

But the promoter is keen to keep his feet on the ground as he knows the potential dangers of the fight ahead for his man. Martinez, 31, has previously shared the ring with the likes of featherweight kings Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz.

“He has to get through Kiko first and he’s a former world champion so it won’t be an easy fight. But in Josh’s last three or four fights he hasn’t been 100% fit but now that he has had his operation and is fully fit I believe we will see the very best of him on May 13.”

The fight takes place at First Direct Arena on May 13. For tickets, click here

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