josh Warrington will hope to get back on track tonight in an eagerly anticipated rematch against Mauricio Lara.
It is seven months since ‘The Leeds Warrior’ was stunned by the previously little-known 22-year-old Mexican in London, falling victim to a massive upset as a one-sided stoppage sealed the first defeat of his 31-fight professional career.
Warrington – who had vacated the IBF featherweight title shortly before – looked out of sorts from the first bell at the SSE Arena in February in his first fight for 16 months and was knocked down in the fourth round before being stopped comprehensively in the ninth by the hard-hitting and ultra-aggressive Lara.
Lara looks to show the boxing world that he’s better than Warrington and to prove the first fight is who he really is as a competitor.
“I’ve never been much of a talker. I’d rather do my talking in the ring,” Lara said. “I’m going for a repeat performance on September 4. Hit once, hit twice. Warrington should know that I am coming for him. This is all about pride. This is for Mexico!”
Back on home soil in Leeds, the 30-year-old knows he can simply not afford a repeat performance on Saturday night and must beat Lara to get his career quickly back on track.
Warrington vs Lara 2 headlines a stacked card in Yorkshire, with women’s undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor also defending her belts against IBF mandatory challenger and former featherweight title-holder Jennifer Han.
Conor Benn is back in action against Adrian Granados, defending his WBA Continental (Europe) welterweight title in a fight that was originally supposed to headline Matchroom Fight Camp 2 earlier this summer, only to be postponed after Benn tested positive for Covid-19.
Warrington vs Lara 2 fight card/undercard in full
Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara
Katie Taylor vs Jennifer Han
Conor Benn vs Adrian Granados
Jovanni Straffon vs Maxi Hughes
Hopey Price vs Zahid Hussain
Jack Bateson vs Felix Garcia
Ebanie Bridges vs Mailys Gangloff
Mali Wright vs Anthony Woolery
Brandon Stansfield vs MJ Hall
Lara upset Warrington back in February, and looks to beat him again, which could very quickly lead to a world title fight. For Warrington, it’s kind of all on the line here if he wants to get back into the world title mix any time soon. Matchroom do have Kid Galahad and the IBF title in-house, so there’s in theory a quick road for both.
Lara v Warrington: Date and how to watch
This twelve-round featherweight bout will take place on Saturday, September 4 and is being held at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.
The fight night will start at 7pm and the ring walks for Lara v Warrington are expected from 10pm on the night.