Carl Frampton found it hard to watch the beating that Josh Warrington took on Saturday night at SSE Arena at Wembley.
In December of 2018, Warrington was on top of the world when he won a twelve round decision over Frampton to retain the IBF featherweight title.
His undefeated run came to an end on Saturday, when he was stopped in nine rounds by unbeaten Mauricio Lara of Mexico.
In the weeks leading up to the fight, Warrington vacated the IBF title when the sanctioning body refused to approve the fight.
While it was competitive in the first three rounds, Lara took over when dropped Warrington hard in the fourth round. Warrington made it up, but he took a beating for the rest of the round - and an overwhelming amount of observers felt the fight should have been stopped at that moment.
The referee allowed the bout to play out - and Warrington continued to take punishment until the ninth round, when Lara dropped him down and out - prompting the referee to quickly wave it off.
It was revealed afterwards that Warrington suffered a fractured jaw and a busted eardrum.
Frampton, like many others, felt someone should have been stopped the fight in the fourth.
“I thought he took a lot of punishment and, when he stood up to come out for the fifth round, he did not look right. In my opinion he should have been pulled out at the end of the fourth, before the fifth started. Fights like that, when they are that brutal, are like having four or five fights in one night," Frampton told The Sun.
“It is going to be hard to come back from that physically and mentally. Josh is going to have a load of criticism but he is a very good fighter who had a bad night. Credit to Lara. I hope he goes on to get a world title shot. I am disappointed for Josh and I think it is going to be a long road back.”