Josh Warrington had to show his toughness when he came up against Kiko Martinez last year.
The pair engaged in a brutal battle over seven rounds for the IBF super featherweight world title, but it was Warrington who came out on top.
Warrington had Martinez cut and down on the canvas in the opening round of the bout, but the brave Spaniard stayed in the fight.
And in round seven the brutality continued, as Martinez landed a punch that broke the jaw of Warrington.
But, instead of taking a backwards step, the aptly named ‘Leeds Warrior’ pushed forward and unleashed a barrage of punches on his Spanish opponent that saw the referee step in and stop the fight.
This meant Warrington was crowned IBF featherweight world champion for a second time, having lost the title a year prior in an upset defeat to Mauricio Lara.
Warrington then had surgery on his jaw in the early hours of Sunday morning, but he remained in good spirits, saying: “So, because of the old jaw, it’s looking quite a size now. I’m on a liquid diet all this week and next.
“No fry-ups on a Monday like normal. Instead, I’ve got porridge in a cup all liquid and watered down.
“Haha, the things you have to do and price you pay to be champion.”
In his next fight, Warrington would lose the title again in a closely fought clash with Luis Alberto Lopez, who won by majority decision.
But, he will have the chance to become a three-time world champion on Saturday night, as he takes on Nottingham’s Leigh Wood for the WBA super featherweight belt.
And the atmosphere is bound to be electric with both men being two of the best supported fighters in the country, if not the world.