6:27 Mauricio Lara dedicated his upset win over Warrington to the Mexican people
Mauricio Lara dedicated his upset win over Warrington to the Mexican people
Warrington had targeted Can Xu, Gary Russell Jr and Emanuel Navarrete, who all hold world featherweight titles, and the Leeds fighter even vacated his IBF belt in a bid to speed up negotiations.
But Hearn believes a rematch with Lara is now the most likely option after the 30-year-old has recovered from a punishing setback.
“For Josh Warrington, it’s an absolute crushing blow,” said Hearn. “For all the great nights, we wanted to be standing here, talking about the return to Leeds after the pandemic.
“The Gary Russell fight and now it’s back to the drawing board. It’s looking at the future. This isn’t the kind of environment he’s used to, but no excuses, he got beat by a hungry Mexican fighter that changed his life tonight.
“He’s going to want to take this man on again. After a fight like that, he’s going to need a long, long rest, and the most important thing now is to go back stage, make sure he’s okay.
We do have the opportunity to rematch this young man, if Josh Warrington wants to.
“If he needs medical attention let’s get it to him, because that was a brutal fight. We do have the opportunity to rematch this young man, if Josh Warrington wants to.
“It’s not even in the mind at the moment. What’s on the mind is get Josh Warrington back to his family, let him recover, and let him come to terms with what is a devastating career defeat.”
Lara had fulfilled his promise of a dramatic fight, telling
Sky Sports: “Our confidence was because we believed.
“I didn’t want to tire myself out because I know he’s No 1 in the world.
“There’s a tinge of sadness because I haven’t got the belt but maybe that will come.”
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