Warrington Still Keen On Facing Mauricio Lara For A Third Time

Josh Warrington has spoken of his interest in fighting Mauricio Lara for a third time.

The Mexican caused one of 2021’s biggest upsets when his power proved too much for the Brit who had vacated his IBF featherweight title beforehand. The brutal 9th round defeat was followed up by a technical draw, due to an accidental head clash, when the pair renewed acquaintances seven months later at Headingley Stadium.

Warrington told Boxing Social’s Andi Purewal that before the time comes to retire he wants to hold a win over every opponent who have fought him.

“I’d just love to put that W alongside [my name],” he said.

“I don’t think he’s a Dennis Ceylan, a Kiko Martinez, an Hisashi Amagasa, a Lee Selby, a Carl Frampton, I don’t think he’s any of them guys. He caught me on a bad night.

“If I win a world title [then] go and get it unified, I’d fight [him] for nowt’.

“I feel that he will get beat sometime soon and he will get exposed. I feel like in that first fight he shown a lot of power, but I feel like in the second fight, there’s levels to it. People keep saying, ‘But he knocked you out’. He handed my arse to me, but I was switched on in that second fight. The gameplan were to get him out of there in the mid rounds and that would have definitely come off.”

Warrington was speaking at the press conference to officially announce his rematch with Kiko Martinez. A fight that has the Spaniard’s IBF featherweight title on the line and gives the challenger an opportunity to become a two-time world champion.

Click here to watch the interview in full as Warrington discusses the Martinez rematch, the possibility of fighting the Leigh Wood-Michael Conlan winner and more.