On a rollercoaster return, Josh Warrington is startled by Mauricio Lara in a major upset.
At The SSE, Wembley Arena, Josh Warrington was defeated for the first time in his career by Mauricio Lara.
If there was ever a fighter more deserving of a crowded arena and a chance to confide in his fans, it was Josh Warrington as he lay alone on the canvas. This possible banana skin versus Mauricio Lara quickly turned into a nightmare, as the Leeds Warrior battled to recover from a brutal knockdown in the fourth round, which threatened his perfect record.
His misfortune – two collapsed fights with Can Xu – was cruelly punished by his Mexican opponent, who pulled off a massive 12-1 upset after 16 months of inactivity.
After Warrington relinquished his IBF world title, Lara was intended to be the route to the promised land. Despite a valiant fightback, his hopes of the bright lights of Las Vegas and the prestigious Ring Magazine title were dashed. Regardless, there’s no doubt he’ll return.
In the first round, Lara appeared to drop his hands in annoyance over something, but Warrington respectfully denied the chance to take a cheap shot. He will soon come to regret his decision.
Warrington was surprised by Lara’s clubbing strikes, which WBO world champion Emmanuel Navarrete had warned about after their sparring wars. Warrington was dropped in the fourth round as his legs turned to jelly.
Warrington, who had never been forced into such deep waters before, started fighting on the defensive, exchanging from range as he tried to keep his balance and coordination.
Warrington was given a get out of prison card, which he attempted to keep between his fingers as he smothered Lara in a desperate act of desperation, and referee Howard Foster might have called a halt to the proceedings.
Slowly but steadily, he gained mental and physical strength, but the thrilling combat, which was just five rounds old at the time, was far from over.
Aside from the loudness and belief from Lara’s corner, the SSE Arena lacked the injection of support from Warrington’s Leeds army, who must have been dreading the worst by this point.
However, the 30-year-old pushed deep and found some stability when he started trading and having some success in Rounds. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”