4th September 2021,
Updated: 4th September 2021,
Josh Warrington’s ‘career-defining’ rematch with Mauricio Lara was called off after just two rounds on Saturday night in Leeds.
The Mexican suffered a nasty gash from an accidental head clash and so the fight was ruled a technical draw, providing no closure on the upset knockout back in February.
The fight began well for Warrington as he landed a crisp right hand and a series of body shots in the opener.
Leeds’ hometown hero seemed intent to show his opponent that he was not dealing with the same fighter from February, but left himself vulnerable for a few hard, early counters.
In the second, Lara pressed the action and was cut from an accidental head clash while Warrington boxed well on the back foot.
He was careful to not get caught in range of the dangerous Mexican’s hooks, but Lara had success to the body instead.
In between rounds it suddenly became apparent just how serious Lara’s cut was.
Referee Steve Gray called for the doctor to examine it and, as a result, the bout was called off.
“I’m absolutely gutted,” Warrington reacted.
“You seen the reception we had when we walked out, all these people have paid their hard-earned money to see me get redemption tonight.
“These things happen. I thought I’d open him up with a punch in the first round.
“It was a clash of styles, my head’s hit him and I’m absolutely gutted.”
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