Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara rematch ruled a technical draw after Mexican suffers nasty early cut

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Mauricio Lara was unable to carry on against Josh Warrington due to a cut over his left eye  (Action Images via Reuters)
Mauricio Lara was unable to carry on against Josh Warrington due to a cut over his left eye (Action Images via Reuters)

Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara’s eagerly anticipated rematch ended in a short-lived technical draw in Leeds on Saturday night.

After a fascinating opening round-and-a-half, Lara sustained a terrible gash just above his left eye during an accidental clash of heads.

The Mexican received treatment in his corner after the second round but was deemed unfit to continue by the ringside doctor and referee Steve Gray waved off the fight.

As there were less than four completed rounds, a decision was not possible and the bout was ruled a technical draw.

It was a hugely anticlimactic end to what was shaping up to be a memorable night in Yorkshire, with more than 20,000 fans in attendance to cheer on home favourite Warrington in a brilliant atmosphere at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium that reached fever pitch during a spine-tingling ring walk.

The former IBF featherweight champion was looking to avenge his shock first career defeat that came against the previously little-known Lara in London back in February - a result that went down as one of the biggest upsets seen in a British boxing ring over recent years.

And Warrington made an encouraging start to proceedings, tagging Lara with an early sharp combination including a piercing right hand and providing an infinitely better start than seven months ago, defending far more tightly to avoid his opponent’s considerable power.

The second round was a lively affair as Lara was hunting on the front foot and looking to let his hands go, with Warrington defending well and trying to counter crisply whenever possible, with the duo then clashing heads.

The cut initially did not seem overly bad, but it quickly opened up and became a huge wound by the time he returned to his corner.

“I’m absolutely gutted,” Warrington said on DAZN after the fight was stopped.

“All these people who’ve paid their hard-earned money, wanted to see me get redemption tonight.

“These things happen. It’s the first time something as serious as this. I thought I’d opened him up with a punch first round. I’m absolutely gutted.

“After the first round I thought, ‘f**k me, how did I get beaten, how did I get knocked out?’

“Obviously we had a gameplan to go about it a bit more defensively sound. But I was happy.

“With this crowd here, I was tempted and eager to get into a bit of a scrap, put on a performance.”

Asked if he wanted to face Lara again, Warrington insisted: “I need to wipe this slate clean.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn was equally disappointed by the outcome after feeling that Warrington had started very well and would go on to win, but acknowledged that there was no way Lara could have continued.

With ‘The Leeds Warrior’ getting just two rounds under his belt and looking in excellent condition, Hearn voiced his desire to get him back into the ring quickly, with other options set to be considered as Lara will need time to heal before a potential third bout in early 2022.

“I would like to get Josh Warrington back into the ring as soon as possible,” Hearn said.

“He’s fresh, he’s done two rounds tonight. I don’t know where that will be, but that cut is going to take months to heal.

“Lara is going to be out for six months and I’d like to see Warrington back in the ring. If that’s possible, we’ll look to do that third fight early next year.

“It’s always going to be a tremendous fight.”

Hearn was quizzed on a potential rematch between Warrington and Kid Galahad, who was on punditry duties in Leeds and appeared very receptive to the idea of running back their June 2019 bout, when he challenged for Warrington’s IBF title but lost a split-decision.

In the co-main event of the night, Ireland’s Katie Taylor retained her status as the undisputed and undefeated women’s lightweight champion after successfully defending the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring belts with a comfortable points win over IBF mandatory and former featherweight titlist Jennifer Han of the USA.

Conor Benn, meanwhile, went the distance with welterweight journeyman Adrian Granados, before winning easily on the judges’ scorecards.

The most impressive performance of the night without question came from Doncaster’s Maxi Hughes, who delivered a punch-perfect display to capture the IBO world lightweight title from Mexico’s Jovanni Straffon.

Ebanie Bridges also narrowly outpointed France’s Mailys Gangloff, while Hopey Price brushed aside Zahid Hussain to claim the IBO international super-bantamweight title in just his sixth professional contest.

There were also wins for Jack Bateson, Brandon Stansfield and Mali Wright.

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