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Warrington: Something Tells Me Frampton is Not The Same Guy

JOSH WARRINGTON REJECTS the notion that his December 22 world title challenger Carl Frampton is back to his best.

The Jackal suffered the first defeat of his career against Leo Santa Cruz in January 2017 after becoming a two-weight world champion with victory over the Mexican in the previous July.

A period of inactivity followed before Frampton launched his bid to become world champion again with wins over Horacio Garcia, Nonito Donaire and Luke Jackson.

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He strongly refutes the suggestion that his best years are behind him, but IBF world champion Warrington believes he has hit or is nearing his 'best before' date.

"I don't think so," responded the 27-year-old to the question of whether his 31-year-old challenger is in his prime years. "We'll see on the 22nd and obviously he is going to train like a demon. He is going to come in there believing he is back to his best, but he has had a lot going on outside of boxing and had a bit of inactivity after the Santa Cruz fight.

"Alright, he had a short camp for the Horacio Garcia fight, but I don't think he can take too much away from that. With Donaire he did what he had to do to win and I don't think Luke Jackson posed too much of a threat.

"Something tells me he is just not the same Carl Frampton as he was.

"Has he lost a little bit of edge? I don't know, but I do know that I am reaching my peak years.

"Before my last fight (against Lee Selby) I would have thought I would just be happy to win, but I came out of the ring thinking 'who's next?'. The fire is burning more than ever in the belly and I've worked hard to win this world title.

"Now I've got it I want to keep it and finish 2018 as champion with two massive wins. The first at Elland Road making history for the city of Leeds, my kids being born and now this could be the perfect end to my year."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 11-15-2018

[QUOTE=TheKempyy;19273730]Why would he? He moved up and challenged Santa Cruz, who absolutely no one wanted to fight at that point. He's not run at all. And trust me, he will absolutely destroy Josh.[/QUOTE]He did fight LSC, but never mentioned Loma…

Comment by TheKempyy on 11-15-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19273645]I have never heard Frampton call out GRJ, or even mention Lomachenko (when Loma was at 126 and 130), so he's always been suspect to me![/QUOTE] Why would he? He moved up and challenged Santa Cruz, who absolutely no one…

Comment by 1hourRun on 11-15-2018

[QUOTE=asgarth;19273659]Wait... so Nonito stops Burnett and somehow that is an indicator for framptons slipping power?[/QUOTE] The Frampton that broke Scott Quigg's jaw would of retired Nonito. Carl is finished.

Comment by earl-hickey on 11-15-2018

Framptons best days are behind him, he fell into the old trap of believing his own hype. I don't rate warrington at all though so he should have enough to get the W, this will be his last "big" win…

Comment by alexguiness on 11-15-2018

Frampton may be on the decline, but he is still at least 1 level above Warrington.

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