osh Warrington suffered a stunning first career defeat at the hands of the relatively unknown Mauricio Lara on a shocking night at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Returning to the ring for the first time after a 16-month absence, ‘The Leeds Warrior’ – the heavy favourite heading into the bout – never looked right after a sluggish start and was dropped in a brutal fourth round as his hard-hitting Mexican opponent doled out some heavy punishment.

It looked briefly as if Lara may have let Warrington off the hook, but his barrage of big shots continued and the fight was eventually waved off in the ninth round after the former IBF featherweight world champion was caught with another massive left hand and left stricken on the canvas.

The result will go down as one of the biggest shocks in the recent history of British boxing, but Warrington’s decision to vacate the IBF belt last month due to the governing body’s refusal to sanction a unification showdown with WBA champion Xu Can means that Lara does not go home with championship gold despite an incredible, life-changing result.

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