VIDEO: Nasty Cut Forces Mauricio Lara vs Josh Warrington 2 to End

Published 09/04/2021, 11:53 PM EDT


Mauricio Lara was confident about repeating what he had done previously against Josh Warrington in an intriguing four-round rematch tonight. However, the scrap abruptly ended with an accidental headbutt that left the Mexican star bloodied and incapable of continuing the bout.

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The matchup had already seen several exciting moments. In just under the two rounds, both men had cracked each other and had set the path to an intense collision for the last two rounds. However, the accidental headbutt on Lara urged the medical team to step up and evacuate the ring.

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Hence, a technical draw resulted in both men suffering the maiden draws of their respective pro careers. Meanwhile, Matchroom Kingpin Eddie Hearn has already expressed his views on the incident, backing Lara for his lion-heart prowess.

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After the fight, Hearn connected with the media and said, “You could tell Lara was looking for a way to keep fighting, but the doctor determined that the cut was from the beginning of the eyelid to the end. I wanted to see more rounds, but unfortunately, something like that had never happened to me before. It was shaping up to be a great fight.”

Mauricio Lara (23-2-1) will now have to wait to recover and Josh Warrington (30-1-1) might have to opt for some other name before having another chance at his Mexican rival. That said, it leaves the door open for a potential trilogy matchup. Hearn wished Lara well and has vowed to stage a trilogy collision once both men are again at 100% and ready to run it back. Here’s a deeper look into the rivalry.

Mauricio Lara vs Josh Warrington- Big Fish Battle

The featherweight gladiators had locked horns for the first time in February. While many had envisioned an unbeaten Warrington to win, Lara turned the tables with sheer brilliance. The initial phase of the fight had both men poleaxing each other, but Lara came out on top.

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Following a few intense exchanges, Mauricio Lara landed his best in round nine and finished his Brit rival. Hence, Warrington had to depart with his maiden career loss. That said, the immediate rematch has put the maiden draw on his resume and only time will tell whether ‘The Leeds Warrior’ can end his win-drought or not.

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Do you think Mauricio Lara vs Josh Warrington 3 should happen? What did you make of the freak ending to the second fight?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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