Frank Warren Reflects on Josh Warrington Loss: ‘It Was a Shame’

February 23, 2021 9:33 am

The resilient featherweight, Josh Warrington, succumbed to a brutal T/KO loss in his previous outing against Mauricio Lara. Although the Brit started off the fight well, he failed to sustain his elite run in subsequent rounds.

Notably, Warrington made his pro-boxing comeback after nearly 16 months and ended up suffering his first career loss.

Recently, Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions was in a chat with The Lowdown. Therein, he unveiled his thoughts on Warrington’s recent loss and his hunger for the rematch.

“It was a shame,” he said.

“Everything went wrong. Fights like that are very difficult to come back from. They’re talking about a rematch – he don’t need a rematch with him right now. Absolutely not.”

Warren asserted that ‘The Leeds Warrior’ did have an underwhelming performance that night, and he deserved the loss. He felt that the 30-year-old didn’t stick to his game plan, which made it easy for the powerful Mexican.

Despite ending up on the losing vertical, Warrington tried landing massive hook shots on Lara. But the latter showcased a granite chin and ate some big shots coming off the Brit’s hands. Finally, he broke into Warrington’s defense and staggered him with his crushing power.

On Warrington demanding a rematch with Lara, Warren believes there’s absolutely no reason for it. Instead, he thinks that ‘The Leeds Warrior’ should focus on hundred percent recovery.

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Is a rematch worthy for Josh Warrington?

Josh Warrington ranks among the most renowned featherweights of the world. Prior to this fight, Warrington had one of the most decorated careers in the 126-pound landscape. Although he’s scored a loss in this fight, ‘The Leeds Warrior’ would have also gained some crucial insight.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Josh Warrington celebrates after beating Dennis Ceylan during the IBF Featherweight World title fight at First Direct Arena Leeds on October 21, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

But a rematch at this stage of his career might not go as planned. He developed ring rust over several months, which was visible in his performance.

In order to beat a powerful Mauricio Lara, Warrington will have to take on other lower-ranked contenders in the division.

Moreover, if he can show a snippet of his former self in the next bouts, he will surely have a fair chance of beating Lara in the rematch.

What do you make of Frank Warren’s comments? Should Warrington root for an immediate rematch?

Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

Prathamesh Singh Chauhan joined Essentially Sports in November 2020. He works as a full-time author for Boxing. Prior to this job, Prathamesh worked with the Broadcast giant, Star Sports in its marketing department and was responsible for the execution of campaigns across different sporting properties. He shares a keen interest in Combat Sports. Conor McGregor and Jon Jones, top his favorite athletes' list.

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