Former IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington regrets that he didn't fight smarter this past Saturday night, when he fought unbeaten Mauricio Lara of Mexico at SSE Arena at Wembley.

Warrington was a massive favorite to win the fight - but instead he suffered his first career defeat.

The Leeds boxer was knocked down hard in the fourth, and then punished, round after round, until he was ultimately knocked out in the ninth.

It was revealed afterwards that Warrington suffered a fractured jaw and a busted eardrum.

Warrington believes that he would have had a much easier time if he simply focused on boxing instead of trading punches with a puncher.

"I went to hospital on Saturday night, just as a precaution, and passed all the tests. It was the first time I have been down and touched the canvas as a professional," Warrington told The Sun.

"I've got a fracture on my jaw and some swelling around my lips but that is to be expected when you trade with a big-punching Mexican. Congratulations to Lara, he grabbed his opportunity. Looking back, I should have boxed more clever and made it easy for myself."

Warrington's corner, and the referee, are now taking a lot of heat for not stopping the fight in the fourth round.

After suffering the first knockdown, Warrington was very unsteady on his legs for the remainder of the round and took a lot of hard punches.

"I was hurt and down in the fourth but I was always conscious and never felt like I couldn't carry on, even though I was stumbling. I went down again in the ninth but I told the referee that I was getting up. But he told me I wasn't and it was all over," Warrington said.

"I will take some time now to recover. I was out of the ring for 15 months but I had been training all the way through, waiting for a date, and that was difficult. I still believe I can fulfil my dreams of more world titles. There are still big fights out there and hopefully I can look back at this as just a bump in the road."