Josh Warrington stunned by Mauricio Lara in ninth-round knockout

Josh Warrington is knocked out by Mauricio Lara

Josh Warrington suffered the first defeat of his professional career as the heavy-handed Mauricio Lara produced a monumental upset by stopping the Leeds featherweight in the ninth round of his ring return.

In his first fight since October 2019, Warrington was sent crashing to the canvas in the fourth round by his little-known Mexican opponent and there could have been few complaints if the contest was halted there and then.

Warrington was on unsteady legs for the remainder of the fight and although he showed great courage to battle back, a succession of left hooks buzzed the Yorkshireman in the ninth before Lara closed the show with a one-two.

Referee Howard John Foster did not bother with the 10-count, immediately waving off the fight at the SSE Arena, Wembley, to leave Warrington’s hopes of fighting one of the world’s top featherweights in ruins.

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