By News Team
11th February 2021
Saturday sees the Matchroom Boxing stable return to televised action with Josh Warrington set to face Mauricio Lara after relinquishing his IBF featherweight title earlier this year.
We take a look at the fight and preview the best odds.
Warrington searching for big fights
Eyebrows were raised when Josh Warrington decided to vacate the IBF featherweight title last month, with former opponent Kid Galahad taking to social media to voice his thoughts on whether the Leeds-born boxer had done so in order to back out of a pending mandatory bout.
But Warrington has his sights set on the big guns in the featherweight division, with the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Can Xu and Emanuel Navarrete, the three recognised featherweight belt holders in the division, all on the list of future favourable opponents.
At 30-0 and 30 years of age, Warrington has been one of the most active UK fighters over the last few years and came to fame following two blistering fights against Lee Selby and Carl Frampton, where he won and defended his former IBF crown in 2018, which saw him shortlisted for the Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year.
His attention will briefly turn to Mauricio Lara who, at just 22-years-old, has 21 wins under his belt and only two defeats, and it’s his first shot to crack the big time outside of Mexico.
Lara set to spring a surprise?
Not much is known of Lara, but Warrington will be careful not to overlook his opponent with those future monster fights on the horizon – it’s a ‘tick-over’ fight as some would say, but we’ve seen fighters make this mistake time and time again. If the preparation is not right, this could certainly be a banana skin for Warrington, and Lara will be waiting to pounce.
Expect a fast start from the travelling Mexican, and some rough terrain for Warrington if he is unable to establish his power in the early rounds on Saturday night.
Whatever happens, it should be an intriguing watch.