By Elliot Foster
Josh Warrington has warned his fans to take no notice of the bookies’ odds ahead of his next fight.
The 27-year-old featherweight defends his IBF world title against Carl Frampton, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office.
Warrington is odds against to keep hold of the belt at Manchester Arena in his first defence since winning the crown in good fashion against Wales’ Lee Selby at Elland Road back in May.
But he intends to do some bashing of the bookmakers when he faces the Belfast native on December 22.
“Having the fans behind me is like the 12th man. I thrive off their energy,” said Warrington, whose fans gave Frampton a more than respectable reception at the Leeds leg of their media tour.
“I’m very proud of being Leeds’ first ever world champion, it means the world to me, just like it will mean the world to Carl to beat me and become world champion again.”
Warrington told stories of being written off against the likes of Selby and winning English titles and Commonwealth titles in the back yards of his opponents.
And he has sent a message out to his fans, telling them that he will win them some good money for the Boxing Day sales with a victory in the pre-Christmas pay-per-view showdown with ‘The Jackal’.
“The bookies very rarely get it wrong, that’s for sure,” Warrington continued. “But they did get it wrong in my fight against Selby and I know they’ll have it wrong again here.
“I always knew I had the beating of Lee Selby and this is definitely a more difficult fight, but I’m looking forward to going in against the best.
“Carl is a guy I’ve always admired, someone whose career I’ve always watched, and I even went to Las Vegas to watch Carl in his second fight against Leo Santa Cruz.
“I saw his fans in the casinos, waiting for the fight, and I visualised my fans in Vegas, smashing up the casinos before watching me fight there.
“There has been talks of us going back to Elland Road next year if I beat Carl. I’ll probably have my mandatory defence around February or March time, all being well, but I’ve already said that I want to be someone who has their name up in lights in Vegas or in New York at Madison Square Garden.
“But that can’t happen unless I get the win in this fight and win my fans a few quid for Christmas.”