The pair could only get through two rounds in their highly anticipated rematch before a horror cut to Lara suffered during a clash of heads saw the fight cancelled
Josh Warrington and Mauricio Lara will have to wait to fight for a third time after their highly anticipated rematch ended in a “technical draw”.
The pair flew out of the traps in front of a raucous crowd at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, but the bout was stopped after just two rounds in the corner after Lara suffered a horror cut during a clash of heads.
And promoter Eddie Hearn has said that he wants to get Warrington back out quickly, which makes an immediate Lara trilogy a massive unlikelihood.
“It got so exciting after the clash of heads because Lara knew that cut was opening up and Warrington knew under four rounds, there’d be no decision,” Hearn said.
“I’d have loved to have seen another round. but I’ll be honest with you, the cut was absolutely horrific which I didn’t think it was when he went back to the corner.
“I felt that Lara was looking for a way out of the fight but the cut was absolutely horrific there was no way he could have continued.”
And Hearn confirmed that he was planning to do the trilogy early next year, but wants his man to fight once more prior to the third bout taking place.
“There are other options out there for Josh Warrington and we’ll see how quick Mauricio Lara heals up,” Hearn explained.
“I’d like to get Josh Warrington out as soon as possible, he’s fresh, he’s done two rounds tonight and I don’t know where that would be but I don’t think Lara is going to be back soon.
“That cut’s going to take months to heal, we’d like to get Warrington out in the next two months and then that third fight would be early next year.”
And Warrington admitted that he was devastated by the result, apologising to the capacity crowd in his home city of Leeds.
“I’m absolutely gutted,” Warrington told DAZN immediately after the fight was stopped.
“You see the reception we had when we walked out, all of these people have paid their hard-earned money wanting to see me get redemption tonight.
“These things happen but it’s the first time it’s something as serious as this – I thought I’d opened him up with a punch in the first round.
“But it was a clash of heads that cut him and I’m absolutely gutted.”
Warrington claimed that he questioned how he ever lost to Lara after two rounds with him tonight, saying that he was implementing a new game plan for the rematch.
“After the first round I’ve thought ‘f*** me, how did I get beat in the first fight, how did I get knocked out?'” Warrington joked.
“Obviously, we had a game plan to come back a bit more defensively sound but with this crowd here I was tempted and eager to get into a bit of a scrap.
“I wanted to put on a performance and that was always going to come at some point, I felt I was really getting into it.”
And Warrington seemed to imply that he wanted the immediate trilogy, at odds with Hearn’s later comments.
“I know my promoter Eddie Hearn might want to look in other directions but I need to get this slate cleared, I need to get the W over this man.
“Especially after the second round I sat down and said ‘this is mine for the taking’, I could see it being an early night but not in this kind of scenario.
“Weeks and weeks of promotion, all of these people came out and I can only say sorry, we will have our redemption.”