The Fans' Corner - Warrington vs Lara Preview
This Saturday, ‘The Leeds Warrior’ Josh Warrington takes on Mauricio Lara in a featherweight bout at Wembley Arena with many more interesting bouts being on the undercard such as Zelfa Barrett taking on experienced Kiko Martinez in the super featherweight division for the IBF intercontinental belt. Earlier this year, Warrington was forced to vacate his IBF belt (now up for grabs as Kid Galahad is set to take on Jazza Dickens) after the governing body turned away a request to make a unification fight with Xu Can, the WBA featherweight champion. 30 year old Warrington is now potentially one fight away from securing a fight against WBA king Can but Lara is looking to cause a huge upset and barge his way into the featherweight picture. The Mexican, Lara, holds a record of 21-2 with 14 Ko’s along the way but possessing a somewhat impressive record, Mauricio hasn’t fought anyone of world level including the fighters he has lost to. On the other hand, the Brit Warrington holds a perfect record of 30-0 with 7 Ko’s and is looking to make it 31 wins on Saturday in style against an unknown Lara. Warrington has become one of British boxing’s prize assets and is climbing the ranks in the Pound for Pound picture rapidly and with a win over Lara setting up a possible fight with Can Xu, his portfolio is only going to keep growing.
Harry’s Prediction: As mentioned above, Lara hasn’t fought anyone near to the level of Warrington so I really can’t see an upset happening, the only way an unlikely upset can happen is if Warrington underestimates Lara as he is unknown to the UK fight fans and surprises us all showing things we didn’t think he had in his arsenal. However, one rule in boxing is you can’t ever write off a fighter can you? I predict that Warrington will use his speed, agility, lightning footwork and boxing brain to his advantage to make Mauricio Lara look stupid all night and I think this fight will go all the way to the judges scorecards with the Leeds warrior taking a comfortable victory to put a fight with Can in the pipe line.
Fred’s Prediction: Warrington has established himself as one of the best lb for lb fighters in boxing right now, but having not fought since 2019, definitely asks some questions about his ring rust. The young Mexican Lara has been building his reputation in South America for some time now however he’s fought no-one at the same level as Josh Warrington. I believe the step up is a bit too early for Lara and with Josh wanting to set up a big fight in the summer with Chinese WBA champion Can Xu, he’ll be wanting to put out a statement to send around the world. Warrington to do the job within seven rounds through a knockout even though he's only notched up 7 Ko's in his career, I believe the relief and energy of being back in the ring in a competitive bout will spur him on to finish the job. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lara puts in a display that impresses the British audience and earns him a few more bouts over here in the coming years.