Josh Warrington wants US fight next but insists third bout against Mauricio Lara will come

Josh Warrington insists he has to fight Mauricio Lara again after their anticlimactic technical draw – but he’s eyeing up an American showdown next while the Mexican recovers

  • Featherweight Josh Warrington is eyeing a trip to America for his next outing 
  • His rematch with Mauricio Lara ended in a technical draw after a clash of heads 
  • Warrington insists he has to fight the Mexican again to finally settle the score 
  • In the meantime, he’s looking to emulate heroes Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe 











Josh Warrington insists he has unfinished business with Mauricio Lara after their unfortunate technical draw, but the featherweight eyes an historic trip to America next while the Mexican recovers. 

A raucous Headingly Stadium was left disappointed last weekend after Warrington’s eagerly-anticipated rematch with Lara was halted after just two rounds. 

Lara, who handed Warrington the first defeat of his career in a shocking scalp back in February, suffered a gruesome cut above the left eye following an accidental clash of heads, with the doctors swiftly waving off the bout.  

Warrington spoke of overlooking his opponent in the build-up to the rematch, and now insists he ‘felt back to his normal self’ in the short time he had in the ring.  

But with Lara set for a lengthy period on the sidelines while his cut recovers, Warrington, 30, insists he has to get a move on and wants to emulate heroes Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe by fighting in America. 

Josh Warrington's rematch with Mauricio Lara ended in a technical draw after a clash of heads

Josh Warrington’s rematch with Mauricio Lara ended in a technical draw after a clash of heads

Lara suffered a nasty cut above the left eye with the fight quickly halted by the doctors

Lara suffered a nasty cut above the left eye with the fight quickly halted by the doctors 

‘We’re gonna have to sit down with the team and thrash it out,’ Warrington told talkSPORT Breakfast. ‘Obviously I’m thinking, “Third fight, it has to be, clean my slate, beat every man I’ve stepped in the ring with.”

‘But in realistic terms that cut is not gonna heal overnight. I had seven months out between the last fight and this one, so I don’t know how much longer I’m gonna have to wait before we have a rematch.’ 

Though expected to walk through Lara in their first bout, a prevalent concern was the 16-month stint Warrington had spent outside of the ring. 

And with Warrington previously relinquishing his IBF belt in search of historic fights against then-WBA champion Xu Can and still-WBC king Gary Russell Jr, the ‘Leeds Warrior’ doesn’t want to waste any time before getting back into action. 

‘I’m not getting any younger,’ he continued. ‘I re-signed with Eddie Hearn when I was 28. I’m 31 this year. Inactivity’s not good for anybody. You need to be out as often as you can.

Warrington says he'll sit down with promoter Eddie Hearn (left) and discuss what comes next

Warrington says he’ll sit down with promoter Eddie Hearn (left) and discuss what comes next

‘I’ll sit down with the team and see what we can come up with… I think I’ve made it clear that I’d love to fight in the States.

‘I’ve boxed in Leeds at the arena ten times, I’ve done Elland Road, I’ve now done Headingley, I’ve done Manchester Arena.

‘I’d love to go to the States. I grew up watching Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe go over there. It’s just for the experience more than anything and to give my following the chance to be out there with me as well.’

Hatton and Calzaghe – two of Britain’s best-ever boxers – both had memorable fights across the pond. 

Hatton fought, and fell short, in bouts against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during his six bouts in the US, while the undefeated Calzaghe finished his career with historic wins against Bernard Hopkins and finally Roy Jones Jr in Las Vegas and New York respectively. 

Ricky Hatton (left) fought both Floyd Mayweather (right) and Manny Pacquiao in America

Ricky Hatton (left) fought both Floyd Mayweather (right) and Manny Pacquiao in America

Joe Calzaghe finished his career against the legendary Roy Jones Jr in his second US outing

Joe Calzaghe finished his career against the legendary Roy Jones Jr in his second US outing

Though eyeing a US adventure of his own, Warrington insists Lara is still on his mind and assures a third fight will happen. 

And though the pair managed just two rounds, Warrington reveals he felt a totally different fighter this time round.  

‘It was only six minutes of action that we had,’ he said. ‘But after the first round I almost said to my old fella in the corner, ‘How did I get knocked out by this guy?’

‘I just felt like my normal self, I felt like I was back. I was switched on, fully switched on.

‘We had a game plan and I think the first round played out in my hands perfectly, the second round he was getting a bit more excited, coming forwards more.

‘I was excited to see how the next few rounds were gonna go, but obviously it wasn’t to be.’