— Josh Warrington (@J_Warrington) June 12, 2021
Courtesy of Matchroom Boxing’s Twitter, an ecstatic Eddie Hearn and Josh Warrington confirmed last night that ‘The Leeds Warrior’ is returning to action on 4th September at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, for the long-awaited rematch with Mauricio Lara.
“Listen, twelve weeks today, Josh ‘The Leeds Warrior’ Warrington, Mauricio Lara, it’s the comeback, it’s the only fight this man said he wants. Everyone said don’t fight Mauricio Lara again, have a little comeback, have a little comeback. Josh Warrington said, absolutely no way, get me back to where I come from, get me back to Leeds, get me to Headingley. Twelve weeks today, September the fourth, stand by for the big announcement coming soon. We’re getting everything in order with Headingley, Leeds council, firstly we want say to thank you to Headingley, thank you to Leeds Council, we want your full blessing of this event, we will not let you down.” – Eddie Hearn
The first fight saw Lara pull off the shock upset with a ninth-round technical knockout in February, overcoming his staggering +850 underdog status in the process. Despite tasting defeat for the first time in his professional career, Warrington remains confident of re-writing the wrongs come fight night.
“Listen, this is going to be absolutely massive, it’s going to be so exciting, we’re going to be back, massive big show, how long it’s been since we’ve heard I predict a riot and been chanted and cheered. Listen, we want to go to the states, but we’ve got to get this back on the road, we’ve got to get the winning back on the road, can’t do it without yous’ (sic) being there, so, September fourth, lets have it, come on!” – Josh Warrington
The venue confirmation will come as a relief for all, after Leeds Council rejected Headingley for the rematch back in April over concerns of potential disruptions to local residents. Providing coronavirus restrictions ease at the predicted rate, Warrington can expect a capacity crowd of 19,700 cheering him on, something he didn’t have at his disposal back in February, which many believe affected his performance on the night. Regardless of your opinions on the first fight, there is no doubt a considerable buzz coming into the second. Questions will be answered, old scores will be settled and the electric atmosphere of a Warrington fight night will return soon.
George Glinski is the founder of popular bare-knuckle boxing blog toethelinebkb.com and works as a staff writer and post-fight interviewer for BKBtm. His contributions to mymmanews.com include MMA, boxing, bare-knuckle boxing and Lethwei, with a particular focus on the British scenes.