Is Martinez a Worry for Warrington?
Most of the early betting support has come for Josh Warrington, who has a draw and a loss from his last two fights.
He’s currently the -400 favorite to beat Kiko Martinez with boxing betting markets, who is a quality fighter and the current IBF World Featherweight title holder.
It should be a thrilling contest between two of the best in the world.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Boxing odds for Martinez vs Warrington. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Martinez Looking to Defend
Despite what the odds suggest, Martinez is the title holder and he shouldn’t be overlooked.
The +300 underdog scored a sixth-round knockout win over Kid Galahad last year and that is an excellent form guide.
The 36-year-old is one of the more experienced featherweights with a record of 43-10-2, and many of his losses have been because of a cut above his eye.
If he can avoid getting cut, he has every chance to beat Warrington and we’re surprised by the odds.
It was a close fight in their first meeting in 2017 and we don’t think Martinez has taken a backwards step since. He is the current champion for a reason and he should be confident of getting the job done on Saturday.
“I am very happy with this opportunity,” Martinez told The Ring. “It was the fight that my whole team wanted. I won the first fight, even if the judges didn’t see it that way. This time I will leave no doubt and I will win by knockout.
“This rematch is going to be interesting, because at the time of the first fight he was a young up-and-comer and my career seemed to be over. However, he is coming off a knockout loss and I am coming off a world title win. I think the one who has to improve from the first fight is him.”
There is confidence with the champion and the current Boxing odds makes it interesting.
Warrington Needs to Rebound
Everything was going so well for Warrington after posting a 30-0 record, but a loss and a draw to Mauricio Lara has him searching for answers.
A loss to Martinez could send him to the ropes, but the betting online favorite is a classy boxer and he should fancy his chances.
The 31-year-old didn’t show much in the first contest against Lara after getting sent to the canvas in the fourth and ninth rounds.
The stoppage was the first loss of his career, but the subsequent draw was unlucky. The fight was stopped in the second round due to an accidental head clash, so it’s fair to scrap that fight from the record.
We wouldn’t have framed Warrington at -400. It’s very short for a desperate challenger who is at a crossroads in his career.
Martinez vs Warrington Head-to-Head
The first and only meeting between Martinez and Warrington came in 2017 when Warrington won by majority decision.
The 116-112, 114-114, 116-112 result was contentious to some, but it continued the unbeaten run of Warrington.
Kiko Martinez vs Josh Warrington Fight Information
- Game: Kiko Martinez (43-10-2) vs Josh Warrington (30-1-1)
- Location: First Direct Arena, Leeds
- Day/Time: Saturday, 6 p.m. ET
- Live stream: Box Live
Martinez vs Warrington Betting Lines
Martinez vs Warrington Prediction
It’s never easy to bet against Warrington, but we can’t turn down the value for Martinez.
The current champion is one of our boxing best bets at +300 and we’ll take that price any day of the week.
He showcased his power against Galahad and that’s the best form guide for this fight.
Bettors should jump on the price before it moves.
Pick: Kiko Martinez +300