Josh Warrington vs Mauricio Lara rematch ruled a technical draw after Mexican suffers nasty early cut

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osh Warrington and Mauricio Lara’s eagerly anticipated rematch ended in a short-lived technical draw in Leeds on Saturday night.

After a fascinating opening round-and-a-half, Lara sustained a terrible gash just above his left eye during an accidental clash of heads.

The Mexican received treatment in his corner after the second round but was deemed unfit to continue by the ringside doctor and referee Steve Gray waved off the fight.

As there were less than four completed rounds, a decision was not possible and the bout was ruled a technical draw.

It was a hugely anticlimactic end to what was shaping up to be a memorable night in Yorkshire, with more than 20,000 fans in attendance to cheer on home favourite Warrington in a brilliant atmosphere at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium that reached fever pitch during a spine-tingling ring walk.

The former IBF featherweight champion was looking to avenge his shock first career defeat that came against the previously little-known Lara in London back in February – a result that went down as one of the biggest upsets seen in a British boxing ring over recent years.

And Warrington made an encouraging start to proceedings, tagging Lara with an early sharp combination including a piercing right hand and providing an infinitely better start than seven months ago, defending far more tightly to avoid his opponent’s considerable power.

The second round was a lively affair as Lara was hunting on the front foot and looking to let his hands go, with Warrington defending well and trying to counter crisply whenever possible, with the duo then clashing heads.

The cut initially did not seem overly bad, but it quickly opened up and became a huge wound by the time he returned to his corner.

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