Warrington: Frampton in August is Too Soon, I Need More Time

Newly crowned world champion Josh Warrington is mapping out a plan after capturing gold at Elland Road on Saturday night.

He upset the odds to capture the IBF featherweight title from Lee Selby with a twelve round split decision win.

Two of the judges rewarded Warrington’s ferocious flurries and sustained pressure – by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 – while a third scored the fight 115-113 to Selby, whose three-year reign as world champion at 126lbs was ended.


Fervent Leeds supporter Warrington was roared into the ring by an expectant crowd – estimated to be around 25,000 – in his home city as he challenged for world honours for the first time.

Warrington was a clear underdog but, inspired by a raucous reception, he delivered a career-best performance and triumphed by split decision to extend his perfect professional record to 27-0, 6KOs.

Warrington thanked the crowd for their support and added that stepping up to world level in front of his hometown fans had given him extra motivation.

Selby (now 26-2, 9KOs) was making the fifth defence of his title and was expected to use his superior height and reach count to his advantage against a live challenger.

Now there is talk that Warrington may face Carl Frampton in a showdown in August, but the Leeds fighter would rather take that match at the end of the year.

Frampton will return on August 18 at Windsor Park in Belfast - and Warrington does not believe he would be physically ready in time.

He plans to sit down with promoter Frank Warren, who also handles Frampton, to discuss the future.

"I will sit down with Frank and look at our next options. Windsor Park might be too soon. I wouldn't mind going back to the arena in Leeds and defending my title," Warrington said.

"My heart says let's get it on, I am a big fan of Carl Frampton and it would be a big payday. But I prefer the end of the year. I need some time to let this sink in. We will weigh up options. The world's my oyster now isn't it?"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 05-20-2018

[QUOTE=Thetruthiserrol;18789179]He doesn't. Maybe Tyson Fury.[/QUOTE] ... here you go!... :)

Comment by Thetruthiserrol on 05-20-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18788273]... he also has other big ticket sellers... I suspect...[/QUOTE] He doesn't. Maybe Tyson Fury.

Comment by Tatabanya on 05-20-2018

I was about to place money on Warrington, then had a second thought and chose to bet on Adonis Stevenson's knockout win instead. Always follow your first instinct.

Comment by Scipio2009 on 05-20-2018

It was a close fight, and both guys are on the same recovery timeline. Warren being in Warrington's corner, openly rooting for one of the two fighters that he "signed", let's it be absolutely clear that that's not even a…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 05-20-2018

[QUOTE=The Mack.;18788187]Being serious, if warrington beats Frampton there's not many boxers with better wins than he's got.[/QUOTE] Facts!!!!!!!

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