Josh Warrington beats Carl Frampton on points to retain world title

Josh Warrington beats Carl Frampton on points to retain world title

Josh Warrington beats Carl Frampton on points to retain world title

I'm not the fastest, I'm not the strongest, I'm not the most intelligent boxer or the flashest boxer in there, but I go in there and I always wear my heart on my sleeve.

"There were times when I went through an emotional rollercoaster thinking, 'How have I got to this level?'"

While Frampton tried to utilize his boxing ability to win the fight, Warrington would keep up his frantic pace to try and overwhelm his opponent.

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.

"When I first signed Josh, people were saying he wasn't going anywhere but I really fancied him", Warren said.

Having stated in the pre-fight build up that he would take a "big fights or no fights" approach to the remainder of his career, Frampton, 31, is left to ponder his next move.

Josh Warrington is heading to the holiday season as the IBF featherweight champion after winning the biggest fight of his career.

"I lost fair and square, there's no excuses from me".

The "Jackal" added: "Frank Warren said it's the best fight he's ever seen, which is something".

He said: "I like the [underdog] title, it takes the pressure off. He has unbelievable work rate on him".

Coverage of this weekend's boxing match between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office with coverage starting at 6pm on Saturday December 22.

Warrington, however, came on strong at the end of the fourth and then enjoyed the better of another toe-to-toe exchange in the fifth before Frampton soaked up another barrage in the next round after being caught on the ropes.

As expected, Warrington was the aggressor, but with only six knockouts to his name, the power of his shots seemed to surprise Frampton, whose eyes widened as the size of the task began to dawn. It was, he said, reminiscent of the 1995 bout between Nigel Benn and Gerald McClellan, a night which saw McClellan suffer awful brain injuries and which the renowned journalist, Hugh McIlvaney, called "one of the most brutal fights any of us at ringside had witnessed".

"Let me tell you what you need to know about that event", Warren said in the early hours of Sunday morning, after quizzing reporters on who had won in London - he insisted he had not yet had the opportunity to look. He's a very good fighter and a much harder puncher than anyone has given him credit for. "I was hurt a number of times", he conceded. "But he's a tough, tough man".

The 28-year-old wants a unification fight across the Atlantic in the new year, with WBO champion Oscar Valdez, WBA titlist Leo Santa Cruz and WBC beltholder Gary Russell Jr in his sights.

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