With Jake Tiernan: Eddie Hearn is looking forward to a stadium fight between Mauricio Lara and Josh Warrington if conquered former WBA featherweight champion Lee Wood decides to delay triggering his rematch clause for a second fight against the powerful Mexican fighter after the disappointing his seventh-round knockout loss last weekend. in Nottingham, England.
Wood, 34, didn’t hold back on saying for sure that he will get the rematch with Lara right away, but considering how bad he looked at the end of their fight, he may choose to delay the fight until later this year.
By delaying, Wood increases his chances of getting the lucrative Warrington fight, which he would have a strong chance of winning, and if he wins this well-paying fight, then he can face Lara in a rematch that would also pay extremely well.
Most would agree with that Wood was well on his way to winning the Lara match at the time of stoppage in the seventh round. As Hearn states, if Wood hadn’t gotten greedy by being too aggressive with his offense, he could have cruised his way to a 12-round decision. Instead, Wood tried to hit on Lara and paid a heavy price for it.
If Wood wins this fight, he can face Michael Conlan in a rematch and this is another huge money fight that can further set him up for life.
Warrington will get home ground advantage
With Hearn talking about wanting to make the Lara vs. Warrington trilogy fight at a stadium, he can only think of one location for that fight, and that’s back at Headingleywhere their rematch took place in September 2021.
That would give Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs), the recently defeated challenger, a chance to qualify again at home for a fight against Lara (26-2-1, 19 KOs), the newly crowned WBA 126 – pounds champion.
“If we don’t do the rematch, that’s the only fight we’d be looking at,” Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
“The first race was on the bubble [at Wembley Arena in February 2021]; it was simply the most exciting, dramatic, perhaps the most painful moment I have ever seen in boxing. No sound, no noise. it was just horrible [for Warrington, with him getting knocked out in nine rounds by Mauricio Lara].
“Then the second leg was a massive event in front of 20,000 at Headingley [in Leeds, England]it was cut short with a head crash, so the third race is a physical one.
“A big game on the pitch, it’s an opportunity for Josh Warrington to be a three-time world champion, which is unusual, but there’s a nice little mix in there,” Hearn said.