Josh Warrington suffered a shock loss to Mauricio Lara on Saturday in London, an early (and strong) leader for 2021 Upset of the Year, but the 30-year-old Warrington has received a lot of supports from fans in his home city and across the United Kingdom, and gave his thanks for that.
“The support from the public in Leeds has been overwhelming. Also, boxing fans from all over Britain have shown concern and sent lovely messages,” Warrington said. He said that celebrating his twin daughters’ third birthday has taken some of the sting out of the loss, but certainly not all of it.
“Obviously, I’m hurting inside. I’ve lost my unbeaten record,” he said. “That’s something I have treasured and it is a dent. Anyone who knows me can tell you I stand proud.”
Warrington suffered a shoulder injury in the fight, as well, and plans to see a specialist this week, but isn’t expecting any major issues, and is vowing to come back strong.
“I have a small, close-knit team around me and it will not be long before I am ready to start the climb back to the top of the featherweight division,” said Warrington. “I may not have to prove myself to my fans, but I want to show them and my rivals that I still belong at the very highest level.”
He also gave respect to Lara (22-2, 15 KO), and is giving somewhat mixed signals about whether or not he will exercise his rematch clause.
“Good luck to Mauricio Lara, who is a serious opponent for anybody. He is heavy-handed and holds power that will trouble any featherweight,” Warrington said. “Will we meet again in a boxing ring? Who knows. We only fought a couple of days ago. But, if the chance comes I will jump at it.
“It’s now about having a break after 15 months in the gym, recharging my batteries, letting the injuries heal and becoming a two-time world champion. I thank everyone again from the bottom of my heart and I can’t wait until we’re lifting the roof off Leeds Arena once more, singing ‘Marching On Together.’”