Mauricio Lara is promising an epic destruction of former IBF Featherweight champion Josh Warrington when they meet for their anticipated rematch on Saturday evening at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds, UK.
Lara (23-2, 16 KOs) pulled off a sensational upset and dropped Warrington twice en route to a ninth round stoppage, with the second being the eventual stoppage in what ended the 30 fight unbeaten record accumulated by the Leeds Warrior.
Warrington (30-1, 7 KOs) will be looking to get his career back on track by exacting revenge on the heavy-handed Mexican American Lara but the latter, who claims the former champion insulted his father also promises a devastating finish to Warrington’s career.
“Warrington said that I got lucky,” said Lara. “Believe me. There’s no luck in boxing. I’ve never won anything with luck. I won with hard work and a lot of discipline. Of course, since I beat him I feel I’m the champion. Like they say in my town, I’m a champion without a crown. It sounds nice and I think I’ve earned it with hard work. I want to be number one in the world and I’m going to achieve that.
“I’m a very humble person. He won my respect in the first fight because he was number one in the world, but that’s no longer the case. He doesn’t respect me and he has said many things about my dad. He made a mistake, believe me. He met a friendly version of me and look what happened.
Lara is overwhelmed with the knowledge that after Warrington Rematch, he will be in for bigger fights and indicates his interest in title fights and unification fights, backing on his “great” promoter MatchRoom to make that happen.
“I’m really happy because I know bigger fights are coming, better fighters. The number ones, that’s who I want. I want to be in that spot and I’m going to fight for that. It’s great that a promoter like Matchroom believes in me and is giving me that opportunity. I’ll fight whoever. I want all the belts at 126lbs and I’m going to get them. On September 4 I’ll be mean and he won’t know what’s hit him.”
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