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Eddie Hearn reveals Josh Warrington BROKE his jaw as he beat Kiko Martinez to regain IBF featherweight world title


Josh Warrington broke his jaw before stopping Kiko Martinez on Saturday night, Eddie Hearn revealed.

Warrington produced a dominant performance at the First Direct Arena to reclaim his IBF featherweight world title.

Ayling celebrated in the ring with Warrington after he won back his world title

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Ayling celebrated in the ring with Warrington after he won back his world title

Warrington floored Martinez in round one and went on to win comfortably

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Warrington floored Martinez in round one and went on to win comfortably

He knocked out Martinez in the seventh round after a furious flurry of punches forced the referee to step in.

The new champion celebrated emphatically upon regaining his old belt as big featherweight fights now await him once more.

Leeds United star Luke Ayling celebrated with Warrington in the ring, while Kalvin Phillips was also in attendance.

It was a near-perfect night for Warrington, but Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn revealed it came at a cost.

He posted an x-ray on Instagram showing the Brit had in fact broken his jaw in the lead-up to the bout.

Hearn wrote: “Confirmed from the hospital @J_Warrington clean break of his jaw prior to stopping Kiko Martinez to in the World title tonight.”

Hearn posted an x-ray showing Warrington broke his jaw

Hearn posted an x-ray showing Warrington broke his jaw


Warrington’s father and trainer, Sean O’Hagan, believes the 31-year-old will now chase fights in America.

O’Hagan said: “I think what this does, it gives us options now doesn’t it?

“Josh has always expressed an interest in going abroad to fight in Las Vegas, or maybe New York.

“But there again, we’ve got (WBA champion) Leigh Wood in the equation haven’t we? We’ve got (WBC champion) Mark Magsayo, the possibilities now are numerous.”

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