Josh Warrington retains his WBC international featherweight title after beating Kiko Martinez in a gruelling contest.
Warrington extended his unbeaten record to 25 fights in Leeds on Saturday night (13/05/2017), but, had to settle for a majority decision against former world champion Martinez.
Warrington’s work rate in the first two rounds impressed the Leeds crowd and set the tone for the fight.
A lump emerged on Martinez’s head at the start of the third and was examined by the doctor. The Spaniard was cleared to continue and pulled off some successful body shots on Warrington.
Warrington continued to impress with his clean and powerful punches which included a right in the fourth round which stung Martinez.
It was clear Warrington was in control, but, there were nerves inside the First Direct Arena before the scorecards were revealed.
Judge John Keane scored the fight a 114-114 draw but his fellow ringside judges favoured Warrington with 116-112 cards.
There was also an impressive win for Nicola Adams who was victorious in her second professional fight who was fighting in front of her hometown fans.