By Elliot Foster
Josh Warrington will face Carl Frampton before Christmas.
The pair will clash at the Manchester Arena on December 22, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office, for the former’s IBF featherweight world title.
Warrington outpointed outgoing champion Lee Selby to win the belt back in May in Leeds, while Frampton is the current WBO interim world champion.
Both fighters are promoted by Frank Warren and the promoter confirmed their clash in his latest Metro Sport column.
“I went over to Windsor Park to watch Carl fight a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have gone over there if I wasn’t interested in the fight. There was easier routes I could have taken like having a voluntary. Frampton and Selby in the same year would be a massive achievement.
“It's about keeping the momentum going and I just believe I can beat Carl. I am just as confident in beating Carl as I was beating Lee [Selby]. 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.”
Frampton (26-1, 15 KOs) was most recently in action in August when he added another win to his record, stopping Australia’s Luke Jackson inside nine rounds at Windsor Park in Belfast.
“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.” said Frampton.
“I’ve done a lot more in my career than I thought I would have when I turned professional. I’m very proud of my career but I believe I still have more to give and want to keep going as long as I can. I will add my fourth world title and go on and unify again."
And Warrington (27-0, 6 KOs) joined ‘The Jackal’ in the ring after his win over Jackson, with Warren confirming the fight is a goer.
Boxing Scene understands the terms have been agreed for the fight, with an official announcement to come in due course.
Meanwhile, Boxing Scene is also under the impression that Jason Welborn will make a mandatory defence of his British middleweight title against Mark Heffron on the card after Warren won purse bids to stage the contest.