Josh Warrington answers questions about his mental state with rematch
On February 13, former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (30-1, 7ko) would suffer the first blemish on his record in brutal fashion. Then IBF #8 contender Mauricio Lara (22-2, 15ko) was the fighter to execute this act. The 23-year-old Mexican walked away with a #4 ranking by the IBF as a trophy. However, Warrington has been obsessed with avenging his loss in the upcoming rematch.
Warrington suffered extensive physical damages from the fight. Injuries included a fractured jaw, perforated eardrum, and shoulder damage. Considering the psychological effect a beating of that nature can take on a fighter, many questioned the former champion’s mental state of returning to the ring.
OBSESSED WITH GETTING REVENGE
Warrington and promoter Eddie Hearn took to social media with some great news for the fans and anyone questioning his mental resolve.
“Bumped into the main man, Eddie Hearn, who has a bit of news for us all.” ~ Josh Warrington
“Josh the Leeds Warrior Warrington, Mauricio Lara, it is the comeback. It’s the only fight this man said he wanted. Everyone said do not fight Lara again, have a little comeback. Josh Warrington said, ‘absolutely no way, get me back to where I come from! Get back to Leeds, get me to Headingley.’ . . . September 4, standby for the big announcement.” ~ Eddie Hearn
Warrington spent plenty of time thinking about the rematch, hinting at calling it quits should he suffer a second defeat to Lara. Furthermore, he has been on social media letting the fans know that all he can think about is a rematch and nothing else.
Ironically, Warrington’s first defeat also was the first time fighting in Wembley Arena without fans. He has never lost a fight when fighting in Leeds. However, it is worth pointing out it will be his first time-fighting at the Headingley Stadium.
With fans back in attendance, will it be enough to provide inspiration to their fighter pushing him towards victory, or will Lara be unfazed traveling to hostile territory again with a repeat performance?
By: Garrisson Bland