Josh Warrington taken to hospital and given oxygen after brutal knockout defeat
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Josh Warrington suffered a brutal knockout in the first defeat of his career to huge underdog Mauricio Lara at the The SSE Arena in Wembley on Saturday evening.
The 30-year-old former IBF featherweight World Champion needed oxygen and was taken to hospital following a gruelling nine rounds in which he was badly hurt.
The Leeds hero was expected to wipe the floor with the unknown Mexican prospect, but the fight could’ve been over in the fourth after an initial knockdown.
After Warrington battled his way back into contention, Lara, 22, put the fight to bed with a brutal combination which forced the ref to wave off the contest.
Warrington was open about his desire to take on either Xu Can or Gary Russell following his bout against Lara, having opted to vacate his IBF World Title after they failed to sanction a proposed unification.
Sky Sports confirmed that the defeated favourite was examined ringside, and subsequently transported away from Wembley for more checks at hospital.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “That is why this is the best sport in the world.
"No one gave Mauricio Lara a chance, we knew he could punch but we did not think he would beat the No1 featherweight in the world.
"Josh never recovered from that fourth round, he showed tremendous bravery to last that long.
"I will never know how he lasted beyond the fourth.
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“It is a crushing blow for Josh Warrington, we wanted to talk about a return to Leeds with massive fights but now we are back to the drawing board.
“He will want the rematch but he needs a long rest, he might need medical attention because it was a brutal, brutal fight.
“Josh needs to come to terms with the devastating defeat but he will come again.”
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