JOsh Warrington and Mauricio Lara’s highly anticipated rematch ended in a short-lived technical draw at Leeds on Saturday night.
After a fascinating first round and a half, Lara suffered a terrible gash just above her left eye in an accidental head knocking.
The Mexican received treatment in his corner after the second round but was deemed unfit to continue by the ring doctor and referee Steve Gray called the fight off.
As there were less than four rounds completed, a decision was not possible and the bout was declared a technical draw.
It was a hugely disappointing end to what was shaping up to be a night to remember in Yorkshire, with over 20,000 fans in attendance to cheer on home favorite Warrington in a brilliant atmosphere at Headingley Stadium in Leeds which came to a head during the ‘a tingling in the spine. ring walk.
The former IBF featherweight champion was looking to avenge his first career loss to previously little-known Lara in London in February – a result that was one of the biggest upheavals seen in a British boxing ring these days. last years.
And Warrington made an encouraging start to the procedure, scoring Lara with a quick combination that included a piercing right hand and offering an infinitely better start than seven months ago, defending much more closely to avoid her opponent’s considerable power.
The second round was a lively affair as Lara chased on the front foot and sought to let go of her hands, with Warrington defending himself well and trying to sharply counter whenever possible, with the duo then clashing heads.
The cut didn’t seem too bad at first, but it quickly split open and became a huge injury by the time he came back to his corner.
“I’m absolutely gutted,” Warrington said on DAZN after the bout ended.
“All these people who paid their hard earned money, wanted to see me get redemption tonight.
“These things happen. This is the first time that something as serious as this. I thought I opened it with a punch in the first round. I am absolutely disgusted.
“After the first round I was like, ‘f ** k me, how was I beaten, how was I knocked out? “
“Obviously we had a game plan to do it a bit more defensively. But I was happy.
“With this crowd here, I was tempted and anxious to jump in a bit, to put on a performance. “
When asked if he wanted to face Lara again, Warrington insisted, “I have to clear this slate. “
Promoter Eddie Hearn was also disappointed with the outcome after estimating that Warrington had started very well and was going to win, but admitted that there was no way Lara could have continued.
With ‘The Leeds Warrior’ having only two rounds under his belt and looking in excellent condition, Hearn has expressed his desire to get him back to the ring quickly, with other options to consider as Lara will need time to heal before. a third potential. fight in early 2022.
“I would like to bring Josh Warrington back to the ring as soon as possible,” Hearn said.
“He’s fresh, he did two laps tonight. I don’t know where it will be, but this cut is going to take months to heal.
“Lara is going to be out for six months and I would love to see Warrington back in the ring. If possible, we’ll look to do that third fight early next year.
“It will always be a great fight. “
Hearn was asked about a potential rematch between Warrington and Kid Galahad, who served as an expert at Leeds and seemed very receptive to revisiting their June 2019 fight, when he challenged Warrington’s IBF title but lost a split decision.
In the main co-event of the evening, Ireland’s Katie Taylor retained her status as the undisputed, undefeated women’s lightweight champion after successfully defending the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring belts with a comfortable victory from points against compulsory IBF and former Featherweight titlist Jennifer Han of the United States.
Conor Benn, meanwhile, walked the distance with fellow welterweight Adrian Granados, before easily winning on the judges’ scorecards.
Without a doubt, the most impressive performance of the evening came from Maxi Hughes of Doncaster, who delivered a perfect display to capture the IBO lightweight world title from Mexican Jovanni Straffon.
Ebanie Bridges also narrowly edged France’s Mailys Gangloff, while Hopey Price sidelined Zahid Hussain to win the IBO international super-bantamweight title in her sixth professional competition only.
There were also wins for Jack Bateson, Brandon Stansfield and Mali Wright.