Josh Warrington will be looking for immediate revenge when he returns to action against Mauricio Lara at the Emirates Headingley Stadium in Leeds on Saturday.
Josh Warrington v Mauricio Lara Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
A lot of people say that Josh Warrington underestimated Mauricio Lara when they met at the SSE Arena in February, but the plain and simple fact is that he was beaten by the better man on the night.
Lara arrived in England as a bit of an unknown, but by the end of the evening, everyone knew who the Mexican was. Lara was out of the blocks quicker than Warrington, he hurt in and knocked him down in the fourth – and in truth, Warrington never recovered.
Lara dominated from that moment on, and the referee called a halt to proceedings after he was sent to the canvas again in the ninth. This was Warrington first career defeat, and the whole of the SSE Arena was in disbelief.
That defeat will have hurt Warrington’s pride. Everyone thought he would walk through the Mexican, and he didn’t, so he needs to prove he is not past it and will be looking for a convincing performance to win over his doubters.
Warrington is a tough, stubborn and proud Yorkshireman. He will have been going over that defeat in his head from the day it happened. If he did underestimate – only he knows the answer to that – then he won’t do it a second time.
I am a massive Warrington fan, but he was well beaten in February. I am backing him to get revenge at Headingley – the home of the rugby league team he supports in Leeds Rhinos. He needs to be wary in the opening exchanges, as Lara will be keen to get the job done early on and to silence the home crowd.
If Warrington can weather the opening three or four rounds, I feel he will grow in confidence and get Lara out of there in the 10th round.
Josh Warrington v Mauricio Lara Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Josh Warrington: “It’s been an up and down period, time for reflection and to reassess myself. I’ve watched the first fight a dozen times, I’m mentally and physically prepared for Mauricio. It won’t be the same result, I want revenge. It’s going to be a huge event in Leeds, I can’t wait to get back in there and rewrite the script. It’s nothing personal, just business. September 4th, we get back on track to the top.”
Mauricio Lara: “Warrington said that I got lucky. Believe me. There’s no luck in boxing. I’ve never won anything with luck. I won with hard work and a lot of discipline. Of course, since I beat him, I feel I’m the champion. Like they say in my town, I’m a champion without a crown. It sounds nice and I think I’ve earned it with hard work. I want to be number one in the world and I’m going to achieve that. I knew I had to win decisively in the first fight. This time it will be different. I’ll win, but you’ll see a totally different Mauricio Lara. I’ll be a different person. I have more drive in this fight because Warrington has been saying a lot of things and he’ll regret it. We think he’s going to be very careful with his face and his jaw, so we’ll watch out with his strategy. But believe me, it doesn’t matter what strategy he has because I’m coming to destroy him. I’m a very humble person. He won my respect in the first fight because he was number one in the world, but that’s no longer the case. He doesn’t respect me, and he has said many things about my dad. He made a mistake, believe me. He met a friendly version of me and look what happened. I’m really happy because I know bigger fights are coming, better fighters. The number ones, that’s who I want. I want to be in that spot and I’m going to fight for that. It’s great that a promoter like Matchroom believes in me and is giving me that opportunity. I’ll fight whoever. I want all the belts at 126lbs and I’m going to get them. On September 4 I’ll be mean, and he won’t know what’s hit him.”
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