Feature | Sep 26 2018

Carl Frampton: ‘I’ve beaten a number of fighters better than Josh Warrington’

For Carl Frampton Josh Warrington is a step towards Leo Santa Cruz and back to Windsor Park, writes John Dennen
Carl Frampton
Josh Warrington & Carl Frampton Press Conference  |  Action Images/Adam Holt

MOST fighters, when they have a pay-per-view to push, tend to ramp up some personal animosity. However Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington, who will fight for the latter’s IBF featherweight title on December 22 in Manchester, aren’t following that pattern. Good humour characterised their appearance at a press conference in London on Tuesday, one stop on a media tour that will take them on to Leeds and Belfast. Both feel the calibre of the fight is more than enough to sell it.

“People lose their lives in the ring, or have career-changing injuries. The fight should be enough. We live in a day and age where people love dramas and episodes; McGregor and his one-liners. But that’s not me. I’m not going to try and force being a knobhead just to sell a show; it’ll sell itself. We’re having it out to see who’s the best, and that’s it,” Warrington said to reporters afterwards.

“I’ve been boxing since seven and sparred many, many rounds. You get to a stage when you can’t be arsed with all of that. You’ve got a 12-week camp and you’re going to fight then – all of the bitching and bitterness, unless it’s personal, like me and Lee [Selby], you go in there and shake hands.”


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