MAURICIO LARA WILL TRY TO PROVE HIS KNOCKOUT VICTORY OVER JOSH WARRINGTON IN FEBRUARY WAS NO FLUKE.
MAURICIO LARA (23-2, 16 KOs)
VS. JOSH WARRINGTON (30-1, 7 KOs)
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 4
- Time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
- Where: Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds, England
- TV/Stream: DAZN
- Cost: DAZN is $19.99 per 30 days or $99 yearly
- Division: Featherweight
- At stake: No titles
- Pound-for-pound rating: None
- Odds: Warrington 1½-1 favourite (common of a number of shops)
- Also on the cardboard: Katie Taylor vs. Jennifer Han, lightweights (for Taylor’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles); Conor Benn vs. Adrian Granados, welterweights; Jovanni Straffon vs. Maxi Hughes, lightweights
- Prediction: Warrington UD
- Background: The final time Warrington fought Lara issues didn’t go nicely. The then-undefeated Leeds fighter took a horrible beating from then-unknown Mauricio Lara in February, leaving the SSE Arena ring with a ninth-round knockout loss, a fractured jaw, a shoulder harm and a perforated eardrum. Less than seven months later, Warrington is stepping proper again into the cauldron. The former featherweight titleholder stated afterward that he underestimated the hard-punching Mexican and he believes he’s the more-skillful fighter, which he plans to reveal on Saturday. “I’ve watched the primary struggle a dozen occasions,” he stated. “I’m mentally and physically prepared for Mauricio. It won’t be the same result. I want revenge.” His profession seems to be on the road. If he wins, he’s roughly again to the place he was earlier than the primary struggle. If he loses, it will likely be troublesome to rebuild. Meanwhile, Lara, who instantaneously turned a significant participant within the division, is out to show that his victory within the first struggle was no fluke. Also on the cardboard, Katie Taylor (18-0, 6 KOs) defends her undisputed light-weight championship in opposition to Jennifer Han (18-3-1, 1 KO). The gifted Irishwoman is coming off a detailed 10-round choice over Natasha Jonas in May. Han, from El Paso, Texas, has gained eight consecutive fights – all in her hometown – however is taking a big step up in opposition.