Boxing: Joshua thunders into punch pads in training
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Josh Warrington knows it’s sink or swim time in the featherweight division as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career against Mauricio Lara. While there are no titles on the line, the Mexican inflicted the Leeds Warrior’s first professional career defeat back in February, when he was stopped in devastating fashion by Lara.
Warrington, who did not look himself all night, was dropped in the fourth being temporarily recovering.
Yet the heavy-handed Lara was not prepared to let him off the hook, knocking him out in the ninth with a savage left hook.
Six months later and Warrington is ready to right the wrongs of that night at Wembley Arena as he looks to put himself back in the title picture where huge all-British world championship fights with Kid Galahad and Leigh Wood potentially await him.
Undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor is also back in action as she defends her belts against Jennifer Han in the chief support.
The majestic Conor Benn is also looking to move a step closer to the likes of Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr as he gets ready to go to war with Adrian Granados.
Benn was due to trade leather with the Mexican at Fight Camp before he tested positive for COVID-19 on fight week.
Lara and Granados’ compatriot Jovanni Straffon is also in town as he looks to pull off another shock against Maxi Hughes following his devastating stoppage of James Tennyson back in May.
Express Sport is on hand to provide you with all the details ahead of tonight’s stacked card from Headingley, Leeds.
Live stream and fight times
Tonight’s show brought to you by Eddie Hearn will be streamed live on DAZN in the UK and around the world following Matchroom’s split from Sky Sports.
If you haven’t already signed up to DAZN, you can do so for £7.99 a month. The subscription is then free to cancel at any time.
The main card is due to get underway from 7pm with the main event due to take place around 10:30pm.
As always the schedule is subject to delays but the DAZN app, available on smart TVs, iPhones, laptops and other devices, does allow you to rewind and rewatch the action.
Mauricio Lara vs Josh Warrington – Featherweight
Katie Taylor vs Jennifer Han – WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA women’s lightweight titles
Conor Benn vs Adrian Granados – Welterweight
Jovanni Straffon vs Maxi Hughes – IBO
Ebanie Bridges vs Mailys Gangloff – Women’s Bantamweight
Hopey Price vs Zahid Hussain – Vacant IBO international super bantamweight title
Jack Bateson vs Felix Garcia – Light Featherweight
Brandon Stansfield vs MJ Hall – Light Middleweight
Mali Wright vs Antony Woolery – Light Heavyweight
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