Josh Warrington wants Leo Santa Cruz next after destroying Kiko Martinez

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Josh Warrington is planning a US conquest with WBA ‘super’ featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz the target after reclaiming his IBF strap with a stunning win over Kiko Martinez… with Leigh Wood and Mauricio Lara also on the agenda

  • Josh Warrington wants WBA ‘super’ champion Leo Santa Cruz next in America
  • The Leeds fighter regained the IBF strap with a stunning win over Kiko Martinez 
  • Santa Cruz remains champion despite last fighting at 126lbs back in 2019
  • Warrington is also eyeing up Leigh Wood and a trilogy bout with Mauricio Lara 

Josh Warrington wants to take on WBA ‘super’ featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in America in his next fight.

Warrington became a two-time world champion when he stopped Spain’s Kiko Martinez on Saturday to regain the IBF featherweight title in his home city of Leeds.

It’s the same belt he vacated last year, also then in search of the elites in the 126lb division, before being shocked by Mauricio Lara. 

Josh Warrington regained the IBF featherweight strap with victory over Kiko Martinez

Josh Warrington regained the IBF featherweight strap with victory over Kiko Martinez

The Leeds Warrior now wants Leo Santa Cruz - who hasn't fought at featherweight since 2019

The Leeds Warrior now wants Leo Santa Cruz – who hasn’t fought at featherweight since 2019

‘The Leeds Warrior’ said: ‘Santa Cruz is a name I’ve been shouting out for a long time. He was the champion when I first won the title back in 2018.

‘It’s got the attachment of going to America. How long have I been saying I want to go to the States?

‘I’ve done everything I want to do over here in terms of the venues I want to fight in.

‘It’s just something personal, a personal goal I want to achieve by fighting in America in someone else’s backyard. Santa Cruz in the States.’

Warrington was taken immediately to hospital after the conclusion of the bout in Leeds

Warrington was taken immediately to hospital after the conclusion of the bout in Leeds 

Warrington is also eyeing up a bout against WBA 'regular' champion Leigh Wood

A trilogy bout against Mauricio Lara is also on the agenda

Warrington is also eyeing up domestic rival Leigh Wood (left) and Mauricio Lara (right)

Warrington, recovering from a broken jaw and left hand which he sustained against Martinez, said he also envisaged future fights against Mexico’s Mauricio Lara and Nottingham’s WBA champion Leigh Wood.

The Yorkshireman added: ‘I feel like I’ve got power back in my hands. Those three fights would be fantastic.

‘Santa Cruz, then putting Lara to bed and then Leigh Wood, a big domestic showdown at the City Ground.

‘That would be fantastic. I would be more than happy with that. Let’s just see what happens.’

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