Warrington Retains IBF Title With Decision Over Frampton

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

Warrington retained his IBF title with a unanimous decision win over Carl Frampton at the Manchester Arena, winning with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-113. The win was Warrington’s first since winning the IBF title back in April when he won a split decision against Lee Selby.

The fight started with both men trading big blows in the first round. Warrington would eventually get the better of the exchanges in the second round as Frampton tried to find his range. As the fight progressed, Warrington would rain down power shots at a rapid pact to overpower the former world champion.

Frampton would eventually start outbox Warrington in the middle rounds in an effort to cut into Warrington’s lead on the cards. 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. The second half of the fight saw both men continue to trade shots, but Warrington was too fast for Frampton to keep up.

With the win, Warrington could potentially set himself up for unification fights down the road against the likes of WBO champion Oscar Valdez and WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz.

The loss sends Frampton back to the drawing board and with a 26-2 record. Frampton, who came into the fight as the interim WBO featherweight champion, has now lost his second consecutive world title fight after he lost the WBA title to Santa Cruz in January 2017.

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