Josh Warrington bought himself a dream motorbike to ride out losing Maurico Lara after finally getting permission from his wife

JOSH WARRINGTON has recovered from his Maurico Lara car accident with a dream motorbike after his wife finally gave him the green light.

The 31-year-old Leeds hero suffered a crushing defeat to the Mexican banger in February 2021, just weeks after relinquishing his IBF featherweight title in his bid to clinch further titles.

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Josh Warrington got permission from his wife Natasha to buy a motorbikeCredit: ACTION IMAGES

The father-of-two hit rock bottom after the punishing knockout, but his wife Natasha helped him out of his funk with the nod for his dream two-wheeled machine.

Ahead of tonight’s shot at his old belt against Kiko Martinez at his local arena, Warrington revealed: “When I became world champion I went to a motorcycle garage and came home with a brochure and the woman burst into tears. She said ‘you can’t, you just became a dad’.

“Then after Lara’s first fight I was sulking and my dad was having a midlife crisis and had just bought a scooter so I thought I’d take a bike.

“The woman gave me the blessing and so I went to get one. I think she did it because I was so miserable!

“She said you were going to do it at some point, so do it, but be careful.”

Warrington treated himself to a 650cc Yamaha to ease the pain of that first career loss and exercised demons when he faced Lara in September, which ended in a technical draw.

And now the only agony is hearing other bikers enjoying the scorching sun as he focuses on the must-see Leeds arena clash with the 36-year-old he highlighted in 2017 .

He said: “When I’m on my bike, I love it.

“Whitby, Scarborough, that’s where I want to go. I was sitting in my back garden on Wednesday and where I live a lot of bikers go out to a bike cafe near my house and all day it was “vrooom!”

“And it was like someone on a diet constantly walking past fast food chains and I was like, ‘Aaaaaargh! “. I can’t wait to get out on my bike next week.

“I realize the dangers of having a bicycle. I know if I hit a pole in my car, I’ll break my alloy. If I hit a pole on my bike, I go out, so I ride defensively.

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Warrington – who will be led into the ring by Leeds United hero Luke Ayling – had his senses scrambled by Lara after missing out on an EGG-elletent pre-fight tradition.

The Elland Road regular has always dropped off tickets personally to his longtime fans, with dedicated follower Terry Poole always thanking him with six eggs.

He explained: “Basically I’ve always put in tickets for people who have been coming for a long time and the Poole family have been coming since when I was fighting for the English title as mayor of Leeds.

Josh Warrington suffered a loss in a car accident against Mauricio Lara

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Josh Warrington suffered a loss in a car accident against Mauricio LaraCredit: Getty

“I would say probably in the last six years since I’ve been going there, he’s been giving me half a dozen eggs. It’s a bit of a tradition actually.

“He swears the reason I got beaten by Lara is that I didn’t go get the eggs before that first fight.

“Now Terry has given me the eggs, he is at peace now. Because I have the eggs, he is convinced that I will be a double world champion.

“I couldn’t get them for Lara’s first fight because it was in the bubble and there were no tickets sold. I didn’t get them for the second fight either because I was so busy with everything else that my buddies dropped off the tickets.

“I make an omelette or scrambled eggs with it, something nice like that.”

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