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Josh Warrington needs another opponent after anti-climatic rematch

JEFF POWELL: Dull draw leaves Josh in limbo… Warrington needs to find another opponent after anti-climatic rematch with Mauricio Lara

  • Josh Warrington’s rematch with Mauricio Lara ended in a draw after two rounds  
  • The pair clashed heads and the referee deemed that Lara couldn’t continue 
  • Warrington edged the first round but Lara looked to be winning the second   

Josh Warrington’s career will be stuck in limbo until next spring unless he finds someone else to fight following Saturday’s anti-climactic technical draw in his rematch against Mauricio Lara.

The unheralded Mexican who put a knock out end to Warrington’s unbeaten record seven months ago will need roughly as long again to fully recover from the deep gash above his left eye which put a premature and unsatisfactory end to hostilities in Leeds.

There is some talk of them going head-to-head again in May but rather than stay idle Warrington might be better advised to seek another route back into world title contention. 

Josh Warrington’s fight with Mauricio Lara ended in a technical draw on Saturday night

It was deemed that Lara (right) couldn’t continue after clashing head with Warrington (left)

At 30 time is not on his side and the two rounds boxed before the referee ruled Lara unable to continue provided no conclusive evidence that Warrington was en route to revenge.

The roars of a 20,000 home town crowd in Headingley Stadium propelled their Leeds Warrior into a first round which he edged.

But his claim that he was already on his way to victory was not as clear-cut as Lara’s wound.

Lara (left) appeared to edging the second round before the match was declared a draw

The Mexican looked to be winning the second round and there was a hint of desperation as well as aggression about Warrington’s headlong charges.

The vociferous fans were as frustrated as their hero that he did not complete the four rounds required to take the outcome to the scorecards.

But Lara’s style is problematic for Warrington, who should consider getting back into the ring again as soon as possible.

Albeit that greater care needs to be applied to the selection of another interim opponent after the surprise sprung by Lara. 


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