Josh Warrington hands blow to British rivals as he plots Mauricio Lara revenge

Josh Warrington is planning to jet off to American and leave his British rivals scrapping it out between themselves if he gets revenge against Mauricio Lara.

The Leeds Warrior has no intention to go chasing bitter foe Kid Galahad for a crack at his old IBF featherweight title.

Nor is he interested in a scrap with Nottingham's Leigh Wood, who won the regular version of the WBA title recently.

Warrington, 30, feels he hit a 'big snake' in the board game of boxing after his shock defeat by Lara back in February ended a 30-fight unbeaten run.

But he insists he has no intention of going back to the start in Britain should he avenge his only career defeat at Headingley.

Instead, he wants to roll the dice in a big fight across the Atlantic against WBC champion Gary Russell Jnr or WBO title holder Emanuel Navarrete.

“I feel I clocked the British domestic featherweight scene two years ago,” the Leeds Warrior said.

“Alright, some of them may have gone on and won world titles.

“All these fighters – Wood, Galahad – they have had losses throughout their careers but they have just hit a little snake.

“It seems like I have hit the f-ing big one [snake] and gone all the way down to the bottom and it’s like ‘you got start all over again Josh’.

“What? I’ve had more championship fights than any of those boys. I’ve headlined more shows than any of those boys. Why do I have to go through it all again?

“If I put this wrong to right, then surely I should be back to where I was?

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“Kid Galahad got beat by me and all of a sudden he gets to fight in another eliminator again.

“Why can’t I walk straight into fights with the big names like Gary Russell or Emanuel Navarrete, pick up where I left off?

“It makes it exciting, but you can’t keep holding me back over here, let me take myself over there [US].

“If I go over to the States and then get chinned by someone like Gary Russell I will accept that may be I wasn’t good enough for that level but let me go and f***ing try at least.”

Warrington's world came crashing down when little-known Lara upset the odds back in February in a behind-closed-doors fight at Wembley Arena.

After 15 months out because of Covid cancellations and giving up his IBF title in pursuit of other belts, the Leeds man hit rock bottom as he blew what was supposed to be a stepping-stone fight.

He had been riding the crest of a wave having beaten Lee Selby to become world champion, defended it against Carl Frampton and settled a score with Galahad.

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“A few years ago, I was absolutely flying,” he said.

“I was walking on air, climbing mountains in seconds, s***ting out rainbows. I was absolutely flying with every performance and I got to a stage where I thought: I’m not going to get beat as a featherweight.

“Maybe I just got a little bit complacent. It’s given me a little bit of a kick up the backside: don’t forget about your other attributes, your boxing, you can move, your defence… so we’ve gone back to the blackboard and polished ourselves up a bit.”

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The Leeds man may be only 30 and have one defeat on his record but he knows back-to-back loses against someone of Lara's level could be the end – and that is what is firing him up to ensure it is revenge and not a repeat tonight.

“In order for me to go on and fight for more world titles, I have to win, it’s as simple as that,” he added.

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