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Warrington vs Lara 2 LIVE! Early cut sees fight ruled a technical draw


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Josh Warrington is out for revenge as he faces Mauricio Lara in a rematch of their featherweight showdown in Leeds tonight.

The former IBF champion was stunned by the previously unheralded Mexican in an empty Wembley Arena seven months ago, dominated from the outset and dropped in the fourth before being stopped in round nine.

One of the biggest upsets seen in a British boxing ring over recent years marked the first defeat of Warrington’s 31-fight professional career and he will be desperate to avenge that loss tonight, boosted by a passionate home crowd of more than 20,000 at Headingley Stadium.

‘The Leeds Warrior’ must win if he is to fulfil ambitions of returning to world title contention and securing huge fights against the likes of Emanuel Navarrete and Gary Russell Jr, while Lara will be eager to prove that February masterclass was no one-off after tempers flared at the weigh-in on Friday.

Saturday’s card was stacked full of great fights, with Katie Taylor successfully defending her undisputed women’s lightweight titles by beating Jennifer Han and Conor Benn outpointing Adrian Granados, while Maxi Hughes stunned Mexico’s Jovanni Straffon to win the IBO world lightweight title.

Boxing schedule and results

Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara

Katie Taylor bt Jennifer Han

Conor Benn bt Adrian Granados

Maxi Hughes bt Jovanni Straffon

Ebanie Bridges bt Mailys Gangloff

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Warrington ‘absolutely gutted’ after fight waved off

“I’m absolutely gutted,” Warrington said on DAZN.

“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.”

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Michael Buffer makes it official.

The ringside doctor ruled Lara unable to continue and as we had less than four completes rounds, it’s ruled a technical draw.

A huge anti-climax to what was building into a really memorable night, but it can’t be helped.

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Warrington vs Lara

Lara had work done in the corner and was then looked at by the ringside doctor, but it’s too bad to continue and referee Steve Gray waves it off.

As it was caused by a clash of heads, it will go down as a technical draw.

What a shame. This could have been a cracking bout in front of a passionate, huge crowd.

Disappointment all around. A third bout surely beckons.

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Warrington vs Lara

Lara is cut slightly by the left eye following a clash of heads midway through the second.

Some strong sustained early attacks and flurries from the heavy-handed Mexican, with Warrington defending tightly and then looking to counter quickly.

What I described as a slight cut initially has become a huge bloodied gash above Lara’s left eye.

That’s a very bad cut and you wonder if it might threaten this fight, which would be a massive shame.

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Warrington vs Lara

An infinitely better start from Warrington than seven months ago, with a sharp early left and then right hand down the pipe setting the tone.

He looks so much more focused, solid and prepared, briefly trapping Lara against the ropes.

But he is still wisely wary of that supreme power boasted by the Mexican, who did land a good right hand but then got caught quickly with a counter left hook.

A fascinating first round.

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Warrington vs Lara

Can Warrington successfully avenge his shock first career defeat in front of this deafening home crowd and get swiftly back into world title contention?

Or will Lara prove that devastating performance at Wembley in February was no fluke and silence 20,000 people with another win?

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Now it’s time for Maurico Lara to make his way to the middle.

So much has been said this week, questioning if the Mexican will be able to handle an atmopshere on this scale.

More than 20,000 people will be against him tonight, but he looks relaxed as he walks to the ring.

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Leeds anthem Marching on Together gives way to the Kaizer Chiefs’ I Predict A Riot and Warrington is on his way to the ring.

A superb atmosphere at Headingley Stadium. Spine-tingling stuff.

How we missed these sorts of crowds.

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Warrington vs Lara 2 next

Just the main event to come now in Leeds!

The crowd blare out ‘Sweet Caroline’ before Warrington’s ring walk.

If there was a roof on this stadium, it would come off.

The great Michael Buffer takes over announcing duties from David Diamante.

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And still! Taylor remains undisputed champion

All three cards read 100-89 in favour of Taylor, who remains the undisputed women’s lightweight champion and improves her spotless professional record to 19-0.

Not her best display, but she did more than enough to see off the determined Han, who was durable and awkward at times, but clearly second best.

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