Warrington: I’m hurting inside

Former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington talks about his shock defeat against Mauricio Lara at The SSE Arena in London on Saturday night.

“Obviously, I’m hurting inside. I’ve lost my unbeaten record. That’s something I have treasured and it is a dent. Anyone who knows me can tell you I stand proud…good luck to Mauricio Lara who is a serious opponent for anybody. He is heavy-handed and holds power that will trouble any featherweight. Will we meet again in a boxing ring? Who knows. We only fought a couple of days ago. But, if the chance comes I will jump at it.

“It’s now about having a break after 15 months in the gym, recharging my batteries, letting the injuries heal and becoming a two-time World Champion.

Warrington, 30, will see a shoulder specialist this week, but doesn’t expect any long-term issues from that or other injuries he sustained in the fight. When the all-clear is given Josh, father and trainer Sean O’Hagan, manager Steve Wood and promoter Eddie Hearn will map out plans for a ring return.

There was reportedly a rematch clause, so Warrington-Lara 2 is a distinct possibility.

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  • Unless it turns out that he had a significant injury or some type of other ailment, I definitely wouldn’t recommend Warrington taking this rematch – at least not immediately. I know he’s 30 and he’s running out of time for a fighter at his weight, especially with some of the wars that he’s been in, but while this lost may’ve been crushing, a lost in a rematch might be the end.
    …….And maybe I’m being selfish, but I REALLY want to see Lara in against Can Xu.

  • Can’t agree more…. no need for Warrington to go after an immediate rematch…. this is not Joshua vs Ruiz 2, where Joshua could box and avoid exchanges with Ruiz.
    A rematch would likely play out in similar, if not worse, fashion… favoring Lara.
    If Warrington wants that 2nd championship he should steer clear of Lara. IMO

  • This is a subliminal excuse for Warrington! During the fight, the announcers were making excuses for Warrington and didn’t wanna give Lara much, if any, credit.
    The announcers and this article show a preference for Warrington instead of praising the winner. I highly Doubt the article would mention Lara’s injuries if Warrington won.

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