Josh Warrington Eddie Hearn
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After Josh Warrington reclaimed the IBF featherweight title, Eddie Hearn cautioned Las Vegas to expect a “wild” night of boxing.

Josh Warrington defeated Spain’s Kiko Martinez in a noisy First Direct Arena in his hometown of Leeds on Saturday night. He became a two-time world champion in the process. He knocked out Spanish boxer Kiko Martinez to earn the IBF featherweight title for the second time.

The boxing bout was stopped in the seventh round. Despite the Englishman having a broken jaw, Warrington won in front of a home crowd at the First Direct Arena on Saturday night.

The ‘Leeds Warrior’ is once again in the perfect position for a career-defining global unification bout, and Matchroom Sport boss Eddie Hearn is ready to make his American dream come true.

The British boxer, though, is not content to stop there and is already preparing to fight in the United States. Eddie Hearn, the promoter, believes his fighter is more than ready to compete in the United States.

“I imagine 20,000 of Josh’s fans traveling to Vegas,” Hearn said.

“I’m so happy because it’s been an absolute nightmare, to be honest with you. The pandemic came, he lost the Can Xu fight, he vacated his title, we took Mauricio Lara, and everyone felt it was their fault,” Hearn said.

“But he stayed with it, he went to rematch Lara, showed a lot of courage there. That was ended with a cut, and then this opportunity came out of nowhere,”

“It was kind of like the opportunity that we kind of deserved because of everything that had happened to him, and he had to win tonight,”

“You saw the pressure that he had put on himself and the pressure he put on himself in camp. But everything we dreamed of when he re-signed with us, and everything I sold to him when we resigned him on that little hotel or whatever it was. Now we can do it and that’s important.”

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“He’s got to go to the hospital. We’ve got a mandatory, we’ve got Leigh Wood, we’ve got [Leo] Santa Cruz, and we’ve got [Emmanuel] Navarrete. Now, we’ve got to do our work and navigate around things. Let’s not even think about it right now.

“Let’s just remember that he’s got the world championship right back around his waist. He’s a two-time world champion, and we’ll worry about that on Monday,” said Hearn.

Mexican fighters Leo Santa Cruz, who owns the WBA title, and Emanuel Navarrete, who holds the WBO title, are two possible opponents for Warrington if he makes the trip over the pond.

Warrington had been rumored to be considering retiring early. But after this amazing performance, he seemed to be looking forward to greater and better things.

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