Carl Frampton explains why Josh Warrington won't be his next opponent

  • Kat Lucas

Josh Warrington forced the featherweight division to sit up and take notice with his shock victory over Lee Selby this weekend.

The Welshman was clearly bothered by the two cut eyes he suffered during the opening six rounds, but full credit goes to the Yorkshireman nonetheless for his victory by split decision.

All of a sudden, whereas the world of boxing was previously awaiting Selby’s next fight, the question has turned to who the new IBF champion will be facing.

Talk immediately turned to Carl Frampton, whose camp has still not decided who he’ll be fighting at Windsor Park in August.

A bout with the Northern Irishman would represent an even greater challenge for Warrington, whose record stands at 27-0 with six knockouts.

However, the one thing working against him is the timescale involved in making such a fight happen as he will need time to recover from his scrap with Selby.

That is why Frampton himself is being realistic about the chances of a deal between the two materialising.

There’s a big problem 

“We need to get an opponent soon and it needs to be a big name,” Frampton said, per the BBC.

“I didn’t care who won – Lee Selby or Josh Warrington – but I was hoping for it to be a one-round blow out with no injuries and for him to be ready to go in August.

“It probably doesn’t look like Josh is going to be ready – he’ll need some time to rest – but I’m fighting in August at Windsor Park.”

The 31-year-old’s coach, Jamie Moore, has reiterated that point as he did not expect Warrington to emerge triumphant either.

“The scenario that I thought would happen would be if Selby won and then I felt he would have been quite happy to go to Windsor Park because he would already have been an established world champion and it wouldn’t have been a new thing,” he said.

“I think Josh Warrington deserves to be able to enjoy the moment and enjoy his victory and then maybe further down the line [he can fight Frampton].”

The fact that Saturday’s fight went the distance is credit to the two men involved, but it looks as though it will ultimately count against Warrington if he did hope for a quick turnaround.

That’s not to say Frampton won’t be waiting for him in the future, mind.

Who would win Frampton vs Warrington? Have your say in the comments. 

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