Warrington plans to go Stateside after Frampton upset

Josh Warrington Retained His IBF World Featherweight Championship Title

Josh Warrington Retained His IBF World Featherweight Championship Title

Although Frampton is a former featherweight champion having defeated the mercurial Leo Santa Cruz, and unified super bantamweight king, it seemed at times that the title fights had taken heir toll on the 31-year-old, who had to call on every bit of his experience to find an answer at times.

The pair hugged at the final bell in a show of appreciation and Warrington took the decision with a score of 116-112 on two cards and a score of 116-113 on the third. He has to ask himself that question because the desire to fight is like elastic in your socks, once you've lost it, you can't get it back.

When the judges' scorecards were revealed, Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory to remain undefeated and maintain his IBF featherweight belt.

"There were times when I hit him with some corking shots". I'm no knockout artist like Naseem Hamed but I've got power to get respect of all the world champions. "Once I'm in there, I feel I can't be beaten".

Warrington, who has gone the 12-round distance in five of his last seven fights, will have his moments of success in this fight but against an accurate counter-puncher like Frampton it will come at too high a price and that will eventually be his undoing.

While Warrington, like Frampton, signalled that victory tonight could lead to blockbuster unification bouts in 2019.

Frampton perhaps shaded the support when the fighters walked to the ring but it was Warrington's fans who were singing loudest by the end of the clash.

Trainer Jamie Moore said he was proud of Frampton.

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The seventh round was very close and Frampton may have been slightly better.

"It was just not my night, I was fit and strong but Josh was fitter and stronger".

Once again, though, Frampton soaked up the pressure - although the sustained assault left him with a small cut under his left eye.

Frampton looked short of ideas and it is hard to remember anyone coming out against the Northern Irishman in such a fashion - could Frampton compose himself?

The last three rounds were the same and both fighters looked exhausted, but Warrington held on to win.

Warrington said: "It takes two to make a fight". "They were two superb athletes and the manner it was fought and the tempo was tremendous".

"Carl Frampton will go down as one of the best champions in history and it was an honour to share the ring with him", said a delighted Warrington.

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