Mauricio Lara has revealed that he is “not interested” by the underdog tag ahead of his rematch with former champion Josh Warrington, and is ready to “win anyway”.
The pair clash on a huge bill next weekend in Warrington’s home town Leeds, with a capacity crowd of over 20,000 expected at the Emerald Headingley Stadium on September 9.
And the first contest produced a huge shock with Lara coming into the UK relatively ‘unknown’ and was powerful from the offset producing an explosive stoppage display to hand Warrington his first defeat.
But Lara has admitted he is now “not interested” in his underdog tag and is ready to “win anyway” and land himself a future world title shot.
“So if you look around some are saying I am the favourite, others are saying I am not,” Lara told Mirror Fighting at the media day.
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“But for me none of that even matters, he is at home so the pressure is on him.
“I am not bothered by being an underdog, I know that I am just here to win and will win and get my hands raised.
“You have to question why the fight is being prepared in his back-yard this time, so for me the pressure must be on him too, and we have worked hard to prepare our plan.”
Warrington was downed early on in the fourth round, after clearly struggling with the power and precision of the rugged Mexican from the first bell.
And the 23-year-old Mexican has revealed that he believes his extra preparation time will show as soon as he hits the “first serious shot” in the fight.
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“Since that fight we have been able to prepare in a more intelligent way and a more professional way.
“We were only given one month to prepare for the fight last time, but this time I will be fully prepared for the fight and be able to develop my strategies.
“I believe that I will show this preparation when I land my first serious shot in the fight, and you will all see.
“Warrington will need to have a lot of plans, because once he feels that first punch he is going to struggle.”
His opponent has a stellar resume in the featherweight division defeating the likes of Carl Frampton and world champion Kid Galahad during his well-documented time in the sport.
And the Leeds Warrior believes that his “army” of fans will help him secure a vital revenge victory and revitalise his quest to lead the division in the future.
“Contrast that with a first defeat at a deserted, cold Wembley Arena against Mauricio Lara in February, without my army of fans, it was a tough one to take,” Warrington previously told Yorkshire Evening Post.
“After plenty of soul searching as to what went wrong, at the elite level of sport there is no room for errors.
“Revenge will be sweet as I am getting back to full fitness after a minor operation on my elbow.
Conor Benn will also featured on the undercard against another Mexican Adrian Granados, after his bout was rescheduled from Fight Camp due to a positive Covid-19 test.