Eddie Hearn has revealed how he issued a few final words of caution to Josh Warrington before he suffered a ‘devastating’ knockout defeat to Mauricio Lara. The former IBF featherweight champion endured a sensational upset loss as he was stopped by the little-known Mexican in the ninth round at The SSE Arena in Wembley.
“We didn’t think he would beat the No 1 ranked featherweight in the world, and he did, so we have to give him tremendous credit,” Hearn said. “I don’t think I’ve seen bravery in the ring, like what I saw from Josh Warrington for a long, long time. He never recovered from the shot.”
“I spoke to him in the dressing room before the fight, and said, ‘The chance that this young man has in the fight is to trade up with you, we know he can punch, just be smart,’ and he didn’t do that,” he added. “He came out, he was erratic. Sixteen months out of the ring, the ring rust showed. He got caught with a shot and he never recovered. How he got through that fourth round, I will never know, but for the remainder of the fight, he was on empty and the bravery was incredible.”
“For Josh Warrington, it’s an absolutely crushing blow. For all the great nights, we wanted to be standing here, talking about the return to Leeds after the pandemic.” Hearn continued. “The Gary Russell fight and now it’s back to the drawing board. It’s looking at the future. This isn’t the kind of environment he’s used to, but no excuses, he got beat by a hungry Mexican fighter that changed his life tonight.”