Josh Warrington takes on Mauricio Lara tonight at the SSE Arena as he looks to put 16 months of inactivity behind him. It's the Leeds Warrior's fir
Josh Warrington takes on Mauricio Lara tonight at the SSE Arena as he looks to put 16 months of inactivity behind him. It’s the Leeds Warrior’s first outing since he re-signed with Matchroom Boxing in February 2020, as he looks to close the show in style.
Warrington recently vacated his IBF featherweight title in quest of the bigger fights but tonight he will have to successfully navigate a potential banana skin against the Mexican.
One of the fighters on the 30-year-old’s wish-list is WBO world champion Emanuel Navarrete.
Coincidentally, the Mexican has labelled his compatriot Lara as the “hardest puncher” he has faced in sparring.
Warrington admitted he’d be left sweating after watching clips of his opponent, as bids to adapt to the new normal without fans and without his Leeds army.
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On the undercard, Zelfa Barrett takes on Kiko Martinez, as Eddie Hearn welcomes back the former world champion.
The Spanish veteran has boxed the likes of Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg and Josh Warrington as well as Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr.
Leigh Wood, who is trained by Ben Davison, and Reece Mould also clash for the vacant British featherweight title.
Sheffield prospect Dalton Smith is also back in action after his explosive performance against Nathan Bennett at Fight Camp last summer.
Dave Coldwell’s prospect Hopey Price is also looking to put on a show against late stand in Daniel Mendoza.
Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara – Lara wins by KO in Round 9.
Zelfa Barrett vs Kiko Martinez – Barrett wins by UD.
Leigh Wood vs Reece Mould – Wood wins by KO in Round 10
Dalton Smith beats Ishmael Ellis – Ellis corner retire after Round 3
Hopey Price beat Daniel Mendoza – Unanimous Decision