JOSH WARRINGTON has overcome his car accident with Maurico Lara with a dream bike after his wife finally gave him the green light.
The 31-year-old Leeds hero suffered a grueling loss to the Mexican in February 2021, just weeks after giving up his IBF featherweight title to pursue other titles.
The father-of-two hit rock bottom after the punishing KO, but wife Natasha helped snap him out of his funk with the nod for his two-wheeled dream machine.
Ahead of today’s shot at his old belt against Kiko Martinez at his local arena, Warrington revealed: “When I was world champion I went into a motorcycle shop and I came home with a brochure and the woman just burst into tears. She said ‘you can’t, you just became a father’.
“Then after the first Lara fight I was sulking and my dad had a midlife crisis and had just bought a scooter so I figured I’d get a bike.
“The woman gave me the blessing, so I went and got one. I think she did it because I was so damn miserable!
“She said you’ll eventually do it, so do it, but be careful.”
Warrington indulged in a 650cc Yamaha to ease the pain of that first career loss and exercised demons by facing Lara in September, which ended in a technical draw.
And now the only agony is listening to other bikers enjoying the blazing sunshine as he focuses on the must-win clash at the Leeds Arena with the 36-year-old, who he starred in in 2017.
He said: “When I’m on my bike I absolutely love it.
‘Whitby, Scarborough, that’s where I want to go. On Wednesday I was sitting in my back garden and where I live a lot of bikers go to a bike cafe near me and all day it was ‘vrooom!’
“And it was like someone on a diet walking past fast food joints and I was like, ‘Aaaaaargh!’ I can’t wait to get on my bike next week.
“I am aware of the dangers of a bicycle. I know if I hit a bar with my car I’m going to ruin my alloy. If I hit a bar with my bike I dismount, so I ride defensively.”
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Warrington – who is being led to the ring by Leeds United hero Luke Ayling – was left confused by Lara after missing an EGG-elletente pre-fight tradition.
The Elland Road regular has always personally delivered tickets to his longtime fans, with one devoted follower, Terry Poole, always thanking him with six eggs.
He explained: “Basically I’ve always been giving tickets to people who have been coming for a long time and the Poole family have been coming since I was town hall when I was fighting for the English title at Leeds Town Hall.
“I’d say he’s probably given me half a dozen eggs in the last six years since I went over. It’s really a bit of a tradition.
“He swears I got hit by Lara for not getting the balls before that first fight.
“Now Terry gave me the eggs, now he’s at peace. Because I have the balls, he’s confident that I’ll be a two-time world champion.
“I couldn’t get her for the first Lara fight because it was in the bubble and no tickets were sold. I didn’t get them for the second fight either because I was so busy with everything else that my buddies had to drop off the tickets.
“I use it to make an omelette or scrambled eggs, something nice.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4979902/josh-warrington-maurico-lara-boxing-news/ Josh Warrington bought his dream bike to get over the loss of Maurico Lara after finally getting his wife’s permission