'Leeds Warrior' vs 'Bronco'
BBN have provided viewers with all the details needed to tune in and watch former long-reigning IBF titlist Josh Warrington (30-0, 7KOs) clash with powerful Mexican Mauricio Lara (21-2, 14KOs) on the 44th day of the year.
The bout takes place on Saturday, February 13, one day before St. Valentine's Day.
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
10 three-minute rounds at featherweight (126lbs).
There are no titles on the line after 'Leeds Warrior' Warrington vacated his IBF featherweight title in January.
The ring walks for the main event are expected from 10pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results.
You can catch the Ibrahim Nadim vs Jonny Phillips fight live on on Sky Sports Facebook at 6pm.
Coverage for Warrington-Lara starts live on Sky Sports Arena at 7:00pm (Sky Channel 408).
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BBN are providing LIVE updates on the night HERE
The event is free to view for Sky Sports subscribers.
Once-beaten Mancunian Zelfa Barrett (24-1) tackles former world champion Kiko Martinez (41-9-2) for the IBF Inter-Continental super-featherweight title.
Nottingham's Leigh Wood vs (23-2) vs Doncaster's Reece Mould for the British featherweight title should also be a good clash. It's Wood's second crack at the crown against English champion Mould, who is young, confident and unbeaten.
Full fight preview HERE
Everything you ever need to know about Warrington vs Lara can be found HERE
Josh Warrington: "The next fight is always the most important one. You can’t afford to slip up. For my legacy as a fighter, I want to be known as someone who went in there and beat the best. This is the pinnacle of my career. Nobody in the boxing world ever thought I’d get to this stage. All of the big fights are there in front of me. I’m ready to take on the bigger names.
"It’s going to be good to get back. It has been mentally testing. There’s been dates that have changed many times. It’s been last April, then last May, last June, last August, last October and last December. It won’t feel like I’m back until I step through them ropes. It’s been frustrating but now I’m ready to go.
"For the last six or seven years, I’ve headlined shows in Leeds and Manchester. I’ve always boxed in front of big numbers. When I first came through, it was smaller crowds on the small hall scene. I’ve had a taste of that, but I’ve got used to fighting in front of those big numbers.
"For me, when I come out of those doors, I turn and I look to the crowd. I get in the ring and I look down to all of the people around the ringside and up in the stands. I meet them eye to eye and then I know its on. They’re there with me. During the fight I can feel the passion and feel the energy. They’re not just any fans, my fans are f***ing crazy!
"Without them there, it’s going to be different. I understand that. But ultimately, when that first bell rings, I’ve got a man stood in front of me who’s trying to stop me from going where I want to be, trying to take food out of my mouth, my kids’ mouth. I have to just focus on beating that man and moving on. For the last couple of months, I’ve been visualising what it will be like to walk out in the empty auditorium. You’ve still got to be able to switch on."
More press conference quotes HERE
All of the behind the scenes staff, such as camera operators etc., have agreed to wear Leeds United FC shirts, so that the headliner could feel like he's performing in front of his fans, albeit on a much smaller scale!"
Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I think this should be a straightforward win for Warrington. At least, I hope so! It's his fight to lose, but we've never seen him give anything less than 100 per cent in that ring, so I think he will dominate from the off, be desperate to impress with one eye on those big fights promised next, and possibly add another stoppage win to his record. He was really proud to be able to prove fans wrong who said he wasn't a puncher when he blasted Takoucht away in just two rounds in his last fight, and I think he'll be incentivised to the same again, so I would predict an early stoppage from Warrington. Obviously, we don't know a great deal about Lara, such as his punch resistance, but he has been stopped before, so I predict a KO within three rounds, no later than round seven.”
Josh Warrington has exceeded many people's expectations to reach this point and he's still going strong. After 11 hard years, winning English, Commonwealth, British, European, and World featherweight titles, Warrington has rightfully earned the world's respect, and mega-fights with WBA beltholder Xu Can and six-year reigning WBC king Gary Russell Jr are now in touching distance for him. He has earned these big money fights with his tenacity, dedication, and incredible work rate.
In his 31st contest, he will be facing middling Mexican Mauricio Lara. Despite being a clear disappointment for many fight fans, including Warrington himself, Lara has stopped eight from his last 10 opponents, which is a tasty stat to command respect from any opponent. However, he is not on the same level as the Brit and this will be his first fight outside of his continent.
Full fight preview HERE
IBRAHIM NADIM 8st 11lbs 4oz
JONNY PHILLIPS 8st 11lbs 12oz
HOPEY PRICE 8st 10lbs 14oz
DANIEL MENDOZA 8st 10lbs 13oz
DALTON SMITH 10st 2lbs 13oz
ISHMAEL ELLIS 9st 12lbs 14oz
LEIGH WOOD 8st 13lbs 4oz
REECE MOULD 8st 13lbs 12oz
ZELFA BARRETT 9st 2lbs 12oz
KIKO MARTINEZ 9st 2lbs 4oz
JOSH WARRINGTON 8st 13lbs 8oz
MAURICIO LARA 8st 13lbs 0oz
Betting Odds Supplied by Star Sports
Running Order (from 7pm)
Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara
10x3 Featherweight contest
Zelfa Barrett vs Kiko Martinez
10x3 IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title
Leigh Wood vs Reece Mould
12x3 British featherweight title
Dalton Smith vs Ishmael Ellis
10x3 Super-lightweight contest
Hopey Price vs Danny Mendoza
6x3 Featherweight contest
Ibrahim Nadim vs Jonny Phillips
6x3 Featherweight contest