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Mauricio Lara vs Josh Warrington 2 targeted for September 4th in Leeds

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Warrington exercised his rematch clause after a shock TKO defeat last month

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Turns out it won’t be an immediate immediate rematch.

Eddie Hearn tells talkSport that he intends to stage Josh Warrington’s contractually mandated rematch with Mauricio Lara on September 4th in Warrington’s native Leeds with a full audience.

On Thursday, Hearn told White and Jordan: “We are planning that fight for September 4 at Headingley – the famous stadium in Leeds.

“It’s gonna be a huge event.

“Talk about a dangerous fight for Josh Warrington, it was a brutal war the first one and he wants to go straight back into the rematch in front of his people in Leeds.

“We feel that by September we will be allowed 100 per cent capacity in an outdoor stadium so that’s the provisional date for that rematch.”

The then-22-year-old Lara (22-2, 15 KO) was expected to be a stepping-stone for Warrington (30-1, 7 KO), a means by which to stay busy ahead of a planned clash with Xu Can that “The Leeds Warrior” had already vacated his IBF belt to make. Instead, Lara straight-up trucked him, hurting him badly in the fourth round and keeping up the pressure to secure a ninth-round finish.

I still think this rematch is a bad idea, but at least Warrington is taking the time to properly recover and get his bearings back.