LIVE STREAM: Josh Warrington – Mauricio Lara Weigh In
Josh Warrington will face Mexico’s Mauricio Lara in a must-win fight on his long-awaited return to the ring on Saturday February 13, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs), who is recognised as the No.1 Featherweight on the planet by The Ring Magazine, created history by becoming Leeds’ first ever male World Champion when he upset the odds to wrestle the IBF 126lbs crown from Lee Selby at Elland Road, the home of his beloved Leeds United, on a memorable night in May 2018.
Despite producing a career best performance against Selby, Warrington was again written off by many ahead of his first defence against Irish fight legend and two-weight World Champion Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena in December 2019.
Warrington retained his IBF Title in an epic Fight of the Year contender with ‘The Jackal’ that captivated the crowd from the opening bell with a blistering pace set by the Yorkshire hero as he earned a unanimous victory.
A close fought battle with IBF Mandatory Challenger Kid Galahad followed at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, with Warrington edging out his Sheffield rival via a split decision, ‘The Leeds Warrior’ then went on to defend his title with an emphatic second-round demolition job over Sofiane Takoucht in October 2019.
Lara (21-2, 14 KOs) is ranked at No.10 in the world with the IBF and is currently enjoying a ten-fight winning streak that stretches back to May 2018 when he suffered only his second career loss at the hands of Eliot Chavez. Hailing from Mexico City, ‘Bronco’ will be aiming to claim the biggest scalp in the 126lbs division.
“I’m more than ready to go,” said Warrington. “It has been well over 12 months out of the ring for me so I’m itching to get back. It has been a frustrating period for all of us. I’m excited to have a date and I can’t wait to get in the ring. The Xu Can fight is there and waiting. Does he want it? He’s already answered that question – no. Lara is getting beat and I’m moving forward. It’s as simple as that. I want to be as aggressive as possible and win the fight in an entertaining style.”
Manchester Super-Featherweight contender Zelfa Barrett (24-1, 15 KOs) defends his IBF Intercontinental Title against Spain’s former Super-Bantamweight World Champion Kiko Martinez (41-9-2, 29 KOs) in the chief support bout, Nottingham’s Leigh Wood (23-2, 13 KOs) clashes with unbeaten Doncaster man Reece Mould (13-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant British Featherweight Title, fast-rising Sheffield Super-Lightweight talent Dalton Smith (6-0, 5 KOs) takes on Rotherham’s Lee Appleyard (16-5-1, 5 KOs), Leeds Featherweight Hopey Price (3-0, 1 KO) looks to build on his win over Jonny Phillips at Fight Camp last summer and Watford’s Shannon Courtenay (6-1, 3 KOs) sees action ahead of her World Title shot on April 10.
Featherweight king targets Xu Can and Gary Russell for Ring belt
Josh Warrington has today vacated his IBF World Title after the IBF refused to sanction his proposed unification fight in April.
Earlier this month, the proposed mega fight with Xu Can was delayed with a new working date of April 24. Matchroom will now look to finalise that fight or make a giant match up with WBC king Gary Russell. Both the Can and Russell fights would be for the coveted Ring Magazine belt.
“It’s so important for Josh to be in a mega fight after Lara on February 13,” said Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn. “He has his heart set on the Ring belt and it’s up to us to make the Can or Russell fights for April or early May. I’ve been working hard with Robert Diaz of Golden Boy to close Xu Can and also had several conversations with Luis De Cubas regarding a Gary Russell bout – both fights are Fight of the Year contenders.”
“It’s disappointing we couldn’t have the IBF Title on the line, but I can’t let those decisions stand in the way of me going down in British boxing history by facing the very best in the division,” said Warrington. “I’ve always dreamt about winning the Ring belt, for me it leaves no doubt who the king of the division is. Right now, my mind and focus is on Lara for February 13 and then I’m looking to pick up that beautiful red and blue belt.”
Warrington will face Mauricio Lara on Saturday February 13 live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
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