Former IBF featherweight world champion, Josh Warrington, faced Mauricio Lara back in February 2021 in what was simply expected to be a tune-up fight for the Leeds legend after vacating his IBF title just a few weeks prior.
Lara was an unknown 22-year-old Mexican prospect, and whilst back in his homeland he was seen as a future star, on the global scale, it was meant to be easy work for Warrington on 13th February, 2021. Soon into the fight, it was clear the ex-champion was not quite up to the races and he started off the fight much slower than usual, and in the fourth round, he was hurt by a left hook before ultimately being knocked down, and the boxing world was stunned.
In truth, despite lasting five more rounds, Warrington never regained his legs, and the referee could have easily justified an earlier stoppage, particularly in the seventh when Warrington was really holding on until the bell. Lara would deliver some excellent and effective combinations in the subsequent rounds after the fourth and in the ninth, the left hook ended the bout.
The Mexican's victory was a major upset, with some bookmakers having a mere win for Warrington priced at 1/33 and it has most definitely gone down as one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history, but not quite as much of an upset as Andy Ruiz's TKO over Anthony Joshua in 2019.
Nevertheless, Warrington is back and we take a look at our specials for this one and our Josh Warrington v Mauricio Lara prediction.