Former boxing world champion Josh Warrington prepares for Lara rematch at Leeds Beckett University
Josh, who captured the IBF world featherweight title at Elland Road against Lee Selby in 2018, has his sights set on revenge after suffering his first career defeat to Mexican boxer Mauricio Lara in February 2021.
In preparation for his rematch, Josh has been training with Leeds Beckett University alumnus Andrew Langford at the Carnegie School of Sport.
Andrew, who graduated from the School in MSc Sports & Exercise Physiology in 2010, is Josh’s strength and conditioning coach as well as Director of the International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association.
Josh’s specialist training sessions, held inside the School’s state-of-the-art strength and conditioning studio, have helped him prepare to combat the heavy-hitting Lara.
Josh said: “It has been really intense the last few weeks since we started our sparring, circuits and technique training,
“Everything we’ve been practising (in the strength and conditioning sessions) is now coming out and will be part of the game plan for fight night.”
Josh’s coach Andrew is confident that the Leeds Warrior’s training at the Carnegie School of Sport has seen him return to full strength.
“Josh is really developing his strength back up and I think we are right back to where we were before and maybe a bit above that,” Andrew said.
“The next phase now is to get Josh as strong and powerful as possible for the fight.”
Josh said “I’m known for having a great engine, being super strong and super fit and now I’m taking it to the next stage working down here with Andrew Langford and Carnegie School of Sport which has excellent facilities.
“I’d like to say thank you to Pete Mackreth and the Carnegie School of Sport for backing and supporting us.”
Peter Mackreth, Dean of Carnegie School of Sport, said:
“We would like to wish Josh the very best of luck for his upcoming rematch against Mauricio Lara,
“It has been a privilege to host his camp and is a great compliment to our facilities that a world champion has chosen to train here ahead of one of the biggest fights of his career.”