Josh Warrington will be in action this evening as British boxing returns in earnest having been put on hold in January.
The nationwide COVID-19 lockdown halted boxing at the start of 2021 but the sport is now ready to burst back into life.
Unbeaten featherweight Warrington has been out of action since his October 2019 win over Sofiane Takoucht.
He was set to face WBA champion Can Xu but that bout fell through and Mexico’s up-and-coming challenger Mauricio Lara has stepped in.
Warrington had vacated his IBF featherweight title to face Can meaning no gold will be on the line this weekend.
But ‘The Leeds Warrior’ will be eager to put on a show against Lara and kick on this year with fights against Can or WBC king Gary Russell to hopefully come further down the line.
Warrington v Lara: Date and how to watch
This 10-round featherweight bout will take place on Saturday, February 13 and is being held at the Wembley Arena in London.
The ring walks are expected from 10pm UK time but that will depend on the undercard results.
The night’s action will be shown on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm and on Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the Sky app using mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
Warrington v Lara: Undercard
- Josh Warrington v Mauricio Lara
- Leigh Wood v Reece Mould – for vacant BBBofC British Featherweight Title
- Zelfa Barrett v Kiko Martinez – for IFB Inter-Continental Super Featherweight Title
- Dalton Smith v Ishmael Ellis
- Ivan Price v Zahid Hussain
- Ibrahim Nadim v Jonny Phillips
Warrington v Lara: Tale of the tape
Josh Warrington – Mauricio Lara
Nationality: British – Mexican
Age: 30 – 22
Height: 5ft 7 – 5ft 8
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Record: 30/0/0 – 21/2/0
KOs: 7 – 14
Rounds: 231 – 101
Debut: 31/10/2009 – 10/10/2015
Last fight: Beat Sofiane Takoucht – beat Sergio Puente
Warrington v Lara: What’s been said
Warrington’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It’s so important for Josh to be in a mega-fight after Lara.
“He has his heart set on the Ring belt and it’s up to us to make the Can or Russell fights for April or early May.
“I’ve been working hard with Robert Diaz of Golden Boy to close Xu Can and also had several conversations with Luis De Cubas regarding a Gary Russell bout – both fights are Fight of the Year contenders.”
Warrington added: “It’s disappointing we couldn’t have the IBF title on the line, but I can’t let those decisions stand in the way of me going down in British boxing history by facing the very best in the division.
“I’ve always dreamt about winning the Ring belt, for me it leaves no doubt who the king of the division is.
“Right now, my mind and focus is on Lara for February 13 and then I’m looking to pick up that beautiful red and blue belt.”