Josh Warrington knows his opponent Mauricio Lara is a “real puncher” but has vowed to end an explosive clash within the first half of the fight. Undefeated Warrington fights Lara on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports, aiming to keep his hopes alive of facing a world champion later in 2021 to decide the featherweight division’s true No 1.
“He’s got a better knockout ratio than I have,” Warrington said. “But can he do the 12 rounds as well as I can? Has he got as much experience? I don’t think he can. But that’s up to me to expose that. He’s got punch power but, if I’m not there to be hit, he’ll be hitting thin air.”
“It won’t go past six rounds. I strongly believe that. The way I’ve been hitting with 16oz gloves on?” he added. “When I then put the 8oz gloves on and see the gaps in his defence, I expect an early night. But I’m experienced over 12 rounds. I’ve done marathons. I can do it at a good pace.”
“This man here has no pressure. He is full of Mexican pride. I’m a big fan of Mexican fighters and how they wear their hearts on their sleeves.” Warrington continued. “He will bring it but I wouldn’t want it any other way. This guy is a real puncher. He will bring it, which will tune me up nicely for the fights down the line. Make no mistake, I’m treating him like a monster because I can’t afford a slip-up.”