Former featherweight world champion Josh Warrington admits that he was shocked beyond belief when he received word that Kiko Martinez had knocked out Kid Galahad in November.

Warrington won a tough decision over Martinez in 2017 - and also won a close decision over Galahad in 2019.

Warrington would eventually vacate the IBF featherweight crown when the sanctioning body ordered him to face Galahad for a second time.

Galahad would eventually capture the vacant belt - but Martinez secured the title for his own with a tremendous one-punch knockout.

Entering that fight, Martinez was a huge underdog and most viewed him as a shadow of his former self. His victory was one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Now five years later, Warrington and Martinez will collide for a second time on March 26 in Leeds.

It was a rematch Warrington never saw coming, because he expected Galahad to overcome Martinez last year.

“I’ve actually not watched it all the way through. I’ve only seen highlights because the night it happened, me and Maxi Hughes were doing an exhibition in Leeds," Warrington told Talk Sport.

"There’s a story actually because I’d left the exhibition and I said, ‘Right, I’m gonna get home and watch the boxing.’ In the meantime I was in Leeds city centre so I said to the missus, ‘I’m gonna get a kebab.’ So I’m in the takeaway, I get my phone out, I’m on Twitter, I see that Alex Arthur put, ‘Kiko looks shaky in round one.’ I thought, ‘I know where this is gonna go, it’s gonna be an easy night.

“So I jumped in the car and thought, ‘I might stick it on,’ but for some reason the car radio wasn’t working. And then I get about half a mile from my house and there’s something going on – my phone’s gone absolutely nuts. I had about 40 messages, ‘Are you watching the boxing Josh?’ I rush into my house and my missus turns round and goes, ‘Kiko’s champion.’ I dropped my kebab all over the carpet. I had a doner kebab – it was chilli sauce all over the furniture. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”