Josh Warrington hopes Mauricio Lara punished for spitting incident

The British Boxing Board of Control is checking out an event that included Mauricio Lara spitting on competitor Josh Warrington on Saturday night following Lara’s featherweight title triumph over Leigh Wood, Robert Smith, the basic secretary of the board, informed ESPN.

Lara (26-2-1, 19 KOs) rallied to score a seventh-round interruption of Wood in Nottingham, England, and later he exchanged words with Warrington, his two-time challenger, who was ringside as a broadcaster for DAZN.

Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs) informed ESPN on Tuesday that Lara, who stepped through the ropes and onto the apron, spat at him. He stated the spit consisted of blood which it got all over the shoulder of his match.

“I think about that to be the most affordable of the low,” stated Warrington, 32. “It’s even worse than being sucker-punched. It’s actually degrading. … It’s revolting.”

In an interview with IFLTV, Lara confessed (in remarks analyzed from Spanish) that he spat on Warrington, stating that “it’s extremely, extremely individual in between us.” Lara, 24, didn’t react to a message from ESPN looking for remark.

Warrington, who is coming off a majority-decision loss to Luis Alberto Lopez in a December title fight, stated he hopes Lara deals with discipline for his actions, maybe a fine of his bag.

There is precedent for such penalty. In 2017, David Haye dealt with a BBBofC hearing after he threatened to hospitalize Tony Bellew in their boxing match. The BBBofC suspended Billy Joe Saunders’ license in 2020 following social networks remarks it considered questionable.

Lara scored a significant upset to beat England’s Warrington through ninth-round TKO in their very first fight February 2021. The September 2021 rematch, likewise in England, ended in a two-round technical draw after a clash of heads opened a deep gash over Lara’s left eye.

Lara, ESPN’s No. 1 featherweight, blamed Warrington for a deliberate head-butt and still brings an animosity.

“I wish to retire him from boxing,” Lara stated after his win Saturday.

“Sometimes when you move forward combating and you’re trying to find fast attacks, heads clash and it’s simply coincidence,” stated Warrington, ESPN’s No. 4 fighter at 126 pounds. “But I never ever implied for that to take place.”

Lara likewise implicated Warrington on Saturday of disrespecting his daddy. Warrington informed ESPN on Tuesday that he didn’t recognize Lara’s daddy belonged to his training group and implied no disrespect.

Warrington confesses the competition with Lara “absolutely is individual,” and he wishes to precise vengeance — both for the spit and the 2021 loss — in a trilogy fight.

Wood can exercise his legal right to an instant rematch, however as Warrington observed, Wood suffered a nasty cut and will likewise require to recuperate from a “heavy knockdown.” Wood’s head bounced off the canvas prior to the fight was stopped by the corner.

It’s possible Warrington might fight Lara next if Wood requires adequate time to recuperate. Either method, Warrington is more positive than ever at turning the tables and got fuel for inspiration in the type of the current event.

“I got a loss and a draw; I require to get that win over him,” stated Warrington, a previous champ whose greatest win was available in 2018 against Carl Frampton. “He was down on the cards, and he was getting outboxed. … I believe he got exposed as a standard fighter, however he does have heavy hands.”


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