JOSH WARRINGTON will defend his IBF world featherweight title against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena in December.
The undefeated 27-year-old’s bout against the current interim WBO World Featherweight champion is subject to IBF sanctioning.
“The Frampton fight really appeals to me and it will be another big scalp for me,” Warrington said.
“These are fights that the British public want to see, I’m a world champion and when you are world champion you want to fight the best and Carl is a name who is up there.”
The fight between Leeds-born Warrington and Belfast fighter Frampton, 31, will take place Manchester on December 22.
Frampton said: “Me and Warrington have big fan bases that make a lot of noise, so I think first and foremost the atmosphere is going to be fantastic and possibly a bit hostile as well.
“You’re going to see two hungry guys in their prime, Warrington has just won this world title and isn’t going to give it up easily.
“I know what it’s like to be a world champion and I want that feeling back again, I think there is going to be fireworks in this fight.”