Warrington: I Don't View Frampton as Elite, Has Weaknesses

Josh Warrington does not consider Carl Frampton an "elite fighter" and intends to exploit his weakness when the pair meet in Manchester on Saturday.

The undefeated Warrington (27-0) will make the first defence of his IBF world featherweight title against former two-weight champion Frampton (26-1), who is considered the favourite.

Warrington has been riding a banner year, which includes an upset decision win over Lee Selby to capture the IBF belt. A win over Frampton would certanly catapult Warrington to the top level of the weight class as the year comes to a close.


The Northern Irishman last week claimed he is the "top featherweight on the planet" and is superior to his upcoming opponent in every aspect.

Frampton also ranked Warrington was the weakest of the division's four champions, but the Yorkshireman is happy to be underestimated.

"It's a bit cocky of him to say that he's better than me in every department. I feel like he's been overlooking me," Warrington told

"I don't want to give my gameplan away but every fighter has his weaknesses and Carl is no different. I look at Carl as a good fighter but not an elite fighter – he's got his weaknesses and I've had a look at them. I will look to exploit them on the night.

"I wouldn't say it's annoying when people write me off. It's more motivation to prove people wrong. Those who doubt me don't bother me whatsoever.

"It feels like I've still got a lot to prove to some people, I beat [Lee] Selby and I was still ranked number two behind Carl in the British rankings.

"It is funny being world champion and going in as an underdog – Carl has been at a higher level at a longer time but I feel like I'm just getting started."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 12-19-2018

Frampton is quality, I got him winning this. I'm watching the other card so will catch this when BT Sports upload on Youtube a week after

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 12-18-2018

Frampton is going to teach this guy a lesson. Frampton is definitely elite.

Comment by GlassJoey on 12-18-2018

[QUOTE=Fabes88;19366861]Fighting dirty. Wasn’t an enjoyable fight. Selby was well beaten though. When I think of that fight the phrase “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” immediately springs to mind. Was it a fight you enjoyed?[/QUOTE] Kind of…

Comment by £-4-£ on 12-18-2018

Frampton is definitely elite. He beat undefeated Leo Sant Cruz in his very first fight at 126 and beat undefeated Quigg in a unification at 122. If he beats Warrington that would mean he'd have beaten 3 undefeated defending champions…

Comment by Fabes88 on 12-18-2018

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;19366645]Worst possible way? Fighting dirty or exposing flaws in Selby? He did both pretty well.[/QUOTE] Fighting dirty. Wasn’t an enjoyable fight. Selby was well beaten though. When I think of that fight the phrase “hard work beats talent when talent…

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