Josh Warrington eyeing US fight to emulate Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe before returning for Mauricio Lara trilogy

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Josh Warrington has told talkSPORT he could fight in America next, as he looks to emulate boyhood heroes Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe.

The ‘Leeds Warrior’ endured a frustrating night on Saturday as his rematch with Mauricio Lara was scuppered after just two rounds.

Warrington was disappointed with the non-result

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Warrington was disappointed with the non-result

Warrington suffered the first defeat of his career to the Mexican back in February and boldly jumped into the immediate return bout, but a head clash cut Lara in round two and left him unable to continue.

It meant the bout ended in a ‘technical draw’, much to the disappointment of over 20,000 at Headingley Stadium

Warrington told the talkSPORT Breakfast: “That ring walk was something else.

“I think that’s why I’m probably more frustrated than anything.

“I wanted to deliver a performance to match that ring walk…

Warrington impressed in round one, but the second was closer

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Warrington impressed in round one, but the second was closer

“It was only six minutes of action that we had.

“But after the first round I almost said to my old fella in the corner, ‘How did I get knocked out by this guy?’

“I just felt like my normal self, I felt like I was back. I was switched on, fully switched on.

“We had a game plan and I think the first round played out in my hands perfectly, the second round he was getting a bit more excited, coming forwards more.

“I was excited to see how the next few rounds were gonna go, but obviously it wasn’t to be.”

The fight was deemed a ‘technical draw’

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The fight was deemed a ‘technical draw’

In the immediate aftermath, Warrington’s promoter Eddie Hearn suggested the possibility that his man may fight again before stepping back into the ring with Lara – depending on how long it takes for the Mexican’s cut to heal.

“We’re gonna have to sit down with the team and thrash it out,” Warrington continued.

“Obviously I’m thinking, ‘Third fight, it has to be, clean my slate, beat every man I’ve stepped in the ring with.’

“But in realistic terms that cut is not gonna heal overnight.

“I had seven months out between the last fight and this one, so I don’t know how much longer I’m gonna have to wait before we have a rematch.

Ricky Hatton had massive nights in America against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

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Ricky Hatton had massive nights in America against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

Joe Calzaghe beat Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins stateside

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Joe Calzaghe beat Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins stateside

“I’m not getting any younger. I re-signed with Eddie Hearn when I was 28. I’m 31 this year.

“Inactivity’s not good for anybody. You need to be out as often as you can.

“I’ll sit down with the team and see what we can come up with…

“I think I’ve made it clear that I’d love to fight in the States.

“I’ve boxed in Leeds at the arena ten times, I’ve done Elland Road, I’ve now done Headingley, I’ve done Manchester Arena.

“I’d love to go to the States.

“I grew up watching Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe go over there.

“It’s just for the experience more than anything and to give my following the chance to be out there with me as well.”

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