Josh Warrington puts his career on the line when he takes on Mauricio Lara again on Saturday night.
The Yorkshireman suffered one of the biggest shocks in British history in February when he was pointedly stopped in nine brutal rounds by the previously little-known Mexican.
Warrington had left his IBF belt in search of historic matchups against Xu Can or Gary Russel Jr, but his plans were quickly halted by the heavy-handed featherweight.
The pair last fought in a creepy behind-closed-door SSE Arena, Wembley, but the rematch will take place in front of a 20,000 crowd in Warrington’s home city of Leeds at Emerald Headingly Stadium.
Warrington has said he overlooked his opponent in the wake of the defeat, which Lara says has now made the match “personal”.
The 30-year-old has never been a back foot fighter, so it will be intriguing to see how he stays away from Lara’s powerful punches this time around. Fireworks are certainly to be expected.
With the match fast approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Mauricio Lara (left) and Josh Warrington (right) face off again on Saturday
Lara shocked the world with a stunning ninth round victory over Warrington in February
When is Mauricio Lara up against Josh Warrington?
The clash between Lara and Warrington is scheduled for Saturday, September 4 at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.
20,000 fans are expected to attend as Warrington fights in his hometown, after the first fight took place at a closed-door SSE Arena, Wembley.
Plus, there’s a plethora of action on the undercard, with Katie Taylor defending her lightweight belts against Jennifer Han.
Meanwhile, Conor Benn’s rescheduled fight against Adrian Granados will take place on the undercard, after their Fight Camp match-up was pushed back following the Briton’s positive coronavirus test.
How to watch the fight?
The fight, which will be a 12-round featherweight bout, will kick off at around 10.30pm on Saturday night, for those in the UK.
The time of the main event will of course depend on the undercard action, which kicks off at 7pm.
Fans can follow the event live on DAZN. It costs £7.99 per month to sign up, with the option to unsubscribe at any time.
Lara vs Warrington: the most important stats
Recording: 23W, 2L, 0D
Win streak: 12 (+1 no match)
Height: 5ft 7in
Recording: 30W, 1L, 0D
Win streak: 0
Battle map full
Katie Taylor defends her lightweight belts against Jennifer Han on Saturday’s undercard
- Mauricio Lara vs. Josh Warrington 2
- Katie Taylor vs. Jennifer Han for Taylor’s WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA Women’s Lightweight Title
- Conor Benn vs. Adrian Granados
- Jovanni Straffon vs. Maxi Hughes
- Ebanie Bridges vs. Mailys Gangloff
- Hopey Price vs. Zahid Hussain
- Jack Bateson vs. Felix Garcia
- Brandon Stansfield vs. MJ Hall
- Mali Wright vs. Anthony Woolery
What was said?
There was some animosity leading up to the rematch, with Lara objecting to Warrington’s claims that he’d overlooked his opponent prior to their first fight.
Speaking to Sportsmail on media day, Lara said, “The worst thing you can do is underestimate someone, especially me. I’m going to show on September 4 that it wasn’t luck, it wasn’t a coincidence.
“If you think last time I only had a month to prepare for the fight, this time I’ve had four. So if you saw what I was capable of after a month of preparation, just imagine what I can do after four hours.
“A lot of effort has gone into creating what happened,” he added. ‘That’s why it motivates me a lot. This has become personal. I feel like he really underestimated me and I think that was a big mistake.”
Warrington and Lara were both respectful at the last Thursday afternoon press conference
Warrington said: ‘It’s been a period of ups and downs, time for reflection and reassessment.
“I’ve seen the first fight ten times. I am mentally and physically prepared for Mauricio. It won’t be the same result. I want revenge.
“It will be a big event in Leeds. I can’t wait to get back in there and rewrite the script. It’s nothing personal, just business. On September 4, we’ll be on our way to the top again.’
However, Warrington was very respectful during Thursday’s press conference, shaking Lara’s hand and then insisting that he “owed him that.”
Lara vs Warrington: the odds
Despite his shocking defeat, Warrington re-enters as the bookie favourite
Despite shocking the world with his emphatic victory in February, Lara is once again coming in as the underdog among the bookmakers.
Former IBF champion Warrington is the 4/6 favorite to take the win, with a draw at 20/1 and a win for Lara at 6/5.
Warrington wins by stoppage is at 4/1, with a points gain at 11/8. Meanwhile, a win for Lara is at 13/8, with a points win at 9/1.
* Opportunities according to Betfair and correct at the time of publication.