Although it’s perhaps not sensible to look past an upcoming opponent, most boxers – or at least their teams – do it and it’s by now very much considered the done thing, merely part of the business.
In the case of featherweights Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton, set to meet on December 22 with Warrington’s IBF title at stake, they can be forgiven for thinking about the next one, even if the current one, for both, is far from academic.
For Frampton, there is talk, should he beat Warrington, of a rubber match against WBA featherweight king Leo Santa Cruz. It’s a fight the Irishman has wanted for some time, one that surely must happen before he retires. Warrington, meanwhile, was recently called out by hot American prospect Shakur Stevenson.