Warrington vs Lara – DAZN, SKY – Feb 13
WARRINGTON VS. LARA WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER
18:15 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS FACEBOOK
6 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
IBRAHIM NADIM 8st 11lbs 4oz v JONNY PHILLIPS 8st 11lbs 12oz
(Keighley, England) (Sandhurst, England)
Live Stream & TV Info
19:00 LIVE ON SKY SPORTS & DAZN
6 x 3 mins International Super-Bantamweight contest
HOPEY PRICE 8st 10lbs 14oz v DANIEL MENDOZA 8st 10lbs 13oz
(Leeds, England) (Chichigalpa, Nicaragua)
10 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
DALTON SMITH 10st 2lbs 13oz v ISHMAEL ELLIS 9st 12lbs 14oz
(Sheffield, England) (Birmingham, England)
12 x 3 mins vacant British Featherweight Title
LEIGH WOOD 8st 13lbs 4oz v REECE MOULD 8st 13lbs 12oz
(Nottingham, England) (Doncaster, England)
12 x 3 mins International Super-Featherweight contest
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 2lbs 12oz v KIKO MARTINEZ 9st 2lbs 4oz
(Manchester, England) (Alicante, Spain)
12 x 3 mins International Featherweight contest
JOSH WARRINGTON 8st 13lbs 8oz v MAURICIO LARA 8st 13lbs 0oz
(Leeds, England) (Mexico City, Mexico)
Josh Warrington is all too aware that he can’t afford to slip up against Mexico’s Mauricio Lara at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 13 if he is to secure mega fights against the likes on Xu Can and Gary Russell later this year.
‘The Leeds Warrior’ (30-0, 7 KOs) makes his long-awaited return to the ring after a 16 month absence, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories, knowing that a win will pave way to the biggest year of his career to date.
“The next fight is always the most important one,” said Warrington. “You can’t afford to slip up. For my legacy as a fighter, I want to be known as someone who went in there and beat the best. This is the pinnacle of my career. Nobody in the boxing world ever thought I’d get to this stage. All of the big fights are there in front of me. I’m ready to take on the bigger names.
“It’s going to be good to get back. It has been mentally testing. There’s been dates that have changed many times. It’s been last April, then last May, last June, last August, last October and last December. It won’t feel like I’m back until I step through them ropes. It won’t feel like I’m back until that first bell rings. It’s been frustrating but now I’m ready to go.”
Warrington has become accustomed to fighting in front of thousands of his army of fans over the years in his native Leeds and beyond, but the Featherweight kingpin will make his famous ‘Marching On Together’ ring walk in front of a handful of officials, TV crew and promotional staff next week, a strange scenario that he has been mentally preparing for.
“For the last six or seven years, I’ve headlined shows in Leeds and Manchester. I’ve always boxed in front of big numbers. When I first came through, it was smaller crowds on the small hall scene. I’ve had a taste of that, but I’ve got used to fighting in front of those big numbers. I’d say it wasn’t until September that I kind of thought to myself, ‘it might have to be behind closed doors’. I kept on thinking, ‘we can wait a little bit longer for the crowds to be back’.
“For me, when I come out of those doors, I turn and I look to the crowd. I get in the ring and I look down to all of the people around the ringside and up in the stands. I meet them eye to eye and then I know its on. They’re there with me. During the fight I can feel the passion and feel the energy. they’re not just any fans, my fans are f***ing crazy!
“Without them there, it’s going to be different. I understand that. But ultimately, when that first bell rings, I’ve got a man stood in front of me who’s trying to stop me from going where I want to be, trying to take food out of my mouth, my kids’ mouth. I have to just focus on beating that man and moving on. For the last couple of months, I’ve been visualising what it will be like to walk out in the empty auditorium. You’ve still got to be able to switch on.”
LARA – I’M GOING TO WAR ON SATURDAY
Mauricio Lara says he is ready to go to war with former IBF Featherweight World Champion Josh Warrington at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 13, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
The 22-year-old from Mexico City is ranked in the top ten in the world with the IBF and is currently enjoying a ten-fight winning streak that stretches back to May 2018 when he suffered only his second career loss at the hands of Eliot Chavez.
‘Bronco’ (21-2, 14 KOs) has only fought outside of Mexico on one occasion, a win over Eduardo Estela in Argentina in 2019, but the youngster is full of confidence and believes he can rip up the script by claiming the biggest scalp in the 126lbs division this weekend.
“Initially when I heard it was a World Title fight, I was really excited and motivated,” said Lara on a recent media call. “When the news came that it was no longer going to be a World Title fight it didn’t change things. I remained just as motivated. We’ve prepared to do a job and that’s what we’re going to do.
“Recently becoming a father to a daughter is an extra motivation for me. It’s always an extra motivation for me when I enter the ring, whether that is for training or fighting. I’ve prepared to come and win. I know that I am going to win. I’ve prepared really hard to go to war in the ring.
“I’m not concerned about the decisions of the judges if it goes to points. We’ve come prepared to win, whether that is by knockout, which would be ideal, but if not, I’m going to make sure it is a clear victory so it doesn’t need to depend on the judges. Either way, I think they will do their jobs correctly.
“It’s normal for fighters in Mexico to begin their careers very young and that was the case for me. I’m going to use that to my advantage when I go into this particular fight. Josh Warrington is seen as the world’s number one Featherweight fighter in Mexico, and he’s number one for a reason. They also believe in me, and they know that I am going to war in London on Saturday.”
Fight Date, Start Time
Date : Saturday, Feb. 13
Time : 7pm GMT/2pm EST
Main event: 10pm GMT/5pm EST
Warrington vs. Lara tops Matchroom’s first show of 2021, Manchester Super-Featherweight contender Zelfa Barrett (24-1, 15 KOs) defends his IBF Intercontinental Title against Spain’s former Super-Bantamweight World Champion Kiko Martinez (41-9-2, 29 KOs) in the chief support bout, Nottingham’s Leigh Wood (23-2, 13 KOs) clashes with unbeaten Doncaster man Reece Mould (13-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant British Featherweight Title, fast-rising Sheffield Super-Lightweight talent Dalton Smith (6-0, 5 KOs) takes on Ishmael Ellis (11-3), Leeds Featherweight Hopey Price (3-0, 1 KO) sees action and Keighley Featherweight Ibrahim Nadim (2-0) steps-up against Jonny Phillips (5-5, 2 KOs).