Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara: Fight Analysis and Prediction

Published 02/12/2021, 3:04 AM EST


Former IBF featherweight champion, Josh Warrington, will finally return to the ring after over a year out. The undefeated Brit will take on powerful Mexican Mauricio Lara on Saturday, February 13. This will mark Warrington’s first fight since vacating his belt.

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‘The Leeds Warrior’ has promised to chase the other champions in the division if he gets past Lara. Therefore, ahead of this significant bout, let’s analyze both fighters and see who will come out on top.

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The undefeated Warrington comes into the fight on the back of three successful title defenses. His record of 30-0 with seven knockouts gives fans a clear sign of the Englishman’s style. He looks to outbox his opponents and is comfortable taking the fight to the judges.

Moreover, his defensive skills and firm chin makes him a tough opponent to put away. He looks to constantly pressure his opponents for as long as he can.

Lara is a much lesser-known name in the sport. However, he has a respectable record of 21-2-0, and he has more knockouts than Warrington with 14. He comes into this fight on the back of a dominant decision victory over Sergio Puente.

 Moreover, as seen in his fight against Alejandro Palmero, the Mexican has undeniable power and can also take a punch. However, his movement and speed are not at the level of Warrington.

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Our prediction for the Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara fight

We are going with Warrington to win this fight via a TKO in the later rounds. ‘The Leeds Warrior’ will break him down with constant pressure for the first six rounds and then push on. We think the referee will stop the fight in round eight.

Lara is a tough competitor and could hurt Warrington with his powerful shots. However, he has fought no notable opponents. Warrington has fought the likes of Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Kid Galahad, and none of them have put the Yorkshireman away.

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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)

We feel Warrington will use his experience, movement, and no-nonsense approach to walk Lara down and out-strike him. If Lara can beat the Englishman, it would be a huge upset.

What do you think about the fight? Do you think Josh Warrington will preserve his unbeaten record with a victory over Mauricio Lara?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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