Anthony Joshua sends message of support to Josh Warrington following knockout defeat

Josh Warrington isn't the only British fighter to have been stunned by a Mexican opponent in recent years.

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has sent his support to Josh Warrington following his knockout defeat to Mauricio Lara.

Warrington was knocked out in the ninth round in a massive upset at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

The 30-year-old was overpowered by the heavy-handed Lara, who had barely fought at elite level before his victory.

The defeat leaves Warrington's hopes of fighting for a world championship this summer in ruins.

Mauricio Lara produced a huge upset with his knockout win over Josh Warrington
Mauricio Lara produced a huge upset with his knockout win over Josh Warrington

Joshua is another fighter who knows what it's like to be knocked out by a Mexican.

He lost his heavyweight belts to Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 in a similarly surprising result.

The 31-year-old followed up on that defeat with a composed victory over Ruiz six months later.

Joshua has sent his support to Warrington via FaceTime.

Revealing the call on Twitter, Joshua said: "You know what you gotta do. I got your back champ."

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Warrington also posted about the call, saying: "Boxing school with Anthony Joshua. Lesson 1 - bouncing back after getting KO'd by a Mexican. Thanks for the call big man."

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The Leeds-born fighter was scheduled to face WBA champion Xu Can in April, but that fight will now likely be off the cards.

Warrington's next fight could be a rematch against Lara, as he aims to avenge the first defeat of his career.

He reigned as IBF featherweight world champion for two years after beating Lee Selby by split-decision in 2018.

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