Josh Warrington reveals he is on a ‘liquid diet’ after breaking his jaw in victory over Kiko Martinez with even a Mars bar having to go through the blender… but the Leeds Warrior has eyes on US clash with WBA ‘Super’ champion Leo Santa Cruz
- Josh Warrington regained the IBF featherweight title against Kiko Martinez
- He knocked out Martinez but suffered a broken jaw during the fight
- The champion faces another week before he can eat solids as he recovers
- His injuries mean he will not be ready to fight Leigh Wood in the summer
- He has his eyes on a match with WBA ‘super’ champion Leo Santa Cruz
Josh Warrington’s to-do list has been ripped up by a broken jaw that left him celebrating a second world title with mashed Mars bar.
The Leeds Warrior regained the IBF featherweight title with victory over Kiko Martinez last week. But the win came at a price.
‘I’ve got a broken jaw, I’ve got a metal plate in the side of my face, I’ve got a damaged hand,’ Warrington said on Friday. ‘It’ll probably be a minimum of six weeks before I’m back in the gym which is absolutely killing me, I can’t even eat.
Josh Warrington produced a dominant performance to beat Kiko Martinez in the seventh round of their bout
‘I’m on a liquid diet. I was looking forward to eating cakes and cheeseburgers and I can’t have them. Everything goes through the blender.’
He revealed: ‘I’ve had a Mars bar put in the blender to have a milkshake. That’s as luxurious as it’s got. I’ve considered a kebab, fish and chips, a Big Mac, but it’s not the same is it?’
The injuries mean Warrington would not be ready to face WBA ‘regular’ champion Leigh Wood in a summer showdown at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.
Warrington posted this picture in the hospital after the fight as he suffered a broken jaw
‘It’s frustrating… I was training all the way through Christmas until last weekend,’ Warrington said.
‘I was going to have a week off, give myself a holiday, have a bit of sun, recharge the batteries and then I thought I’d be out in June time and then October, I thought I’d be out at least three times this year.’
Instead, Warrington still faces another week before he can return to solid foods.
‘I’ve still got a six pack and I weigh less than I did on (fight day). On Saturday morning, I was 9st 10lbs, 9st 11lbs. By the time I got to the ring, I was probably about 10 stone,’ he said.’
I got weighed yesterday, and I’m 9st 8lbs… but I’m world champion again so that’s better than anything.’
His injuries mean he won’t be able to fight Leigh Wood (pictured) in a summer showdown
Warrington remains determined to take his supporters Stateside, with WBA ‘super’ champion Leo Santa Cruz on his hit-list.
‘Santa Cruz is a name that I’ve been shouting out for a long, long time,’ Warrington said.
‘I want to go to the States. I’ve done everything I want to do over here. It’s just something that’s a personal goal to fight in America, to fight in someone’s backyard, so why not have a fight over there?’
Warrington would like to go to the United States and fight WBA ‘super’ champion Leo Santa Cruz
He would hope to toast any victory on foreign soil in more glamorous surroundings than where he spent the hours after beating Martinez.
‘Saturday night was weird because even though I won the fight, I ended up in hospital,’ Warrington said.
‘My phone was going absolutely berserk – “come out for a drink”, “come out and celebrate”, “come meet us”, “where are you? Come to this bar, this pub”.
‘The reality was I was sitting in a room at Leeds General Infirmary, waiting to go into theater. Everyone was going absolutely barmy, enjoying themselves and I thought “Did I just win?”‘