Mauricio Lara: “Leigh Wood deserves a rematch; he gave me an opportunity without being mandatory”

Mexico, City, Mexico (March 15th, 2023)– Mauricio Lara is willing to give Leigh Wood a rematch, because he thinks he deserves it. Lara is back at training, and is contemplating mid June as a possible date for his next fight.

“Mi manager Alex (Brito) is checking about the rematch”, Mauricio Lara told IZQUIERDAZO. “I think that Wood gave me an opportunity without being mandatory, and as a (former) champion, he deserves a rematch. But whatever comes, I will take it”.

Lara confirms that there was, indeed, a rematch clause in the contract.

“Yes, there is a signed rematch clause (in the contract)”, Lara said. “We don’t know yet (if Wood is going to activate it for an immediate rematch). That’s what we are discussing, and with the passing of days, we will know what happens”.

Bronco is open to any option, Josh Warrington included.

“Whatever my manager says”, Lara said. “He is going to put all the options on the table. What I say is that I want to be a solid champion. And I’m going to prepare myself for a rematch (with Wood), for a third fight with Warrington, or for anyone”.

Just two weeks after stopping Leigh Wood, and becoming a world champion for the first time in his career, Mauricio Lara is back at the gym, beginning his training at a solid pace.

“I wanted to train since last week”, Mauricio said. “But they ordered me to rest, and I had an event. Since Monday (March 6th) we began to train hard. We are picking up the pace. I even sparred since the first day. My energy as a champion is alive”.

Mauricio Lara is enjoying his first weeks as a world champion, but he is still trying to believe and convince himself that, finally, he is a champion.

“Yes, I visualized myself as a world champion, but now that I have it, I don’t believe it”, Lara said. “Now, all Mexico is paying attention to me, is satisfying. All the people around me are happy about that 15 year old boy that used to deliver tortillas on a bicycle, and is now in the big leagues”.

Lara admits that everything changes in the way that people see him now.

“Everything changes, now they ask me for a selfie, autographs, how people treat you, how they are proud about you”, Lara said. “Everything changes, and is quite nice. I don’t want to come down from this cloud that required so much work”.

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