Frampton Set For Warrington Next

Following his victory over Luke Jackson at Windsor Park, Carl Frampton is looking to lock down a showdown with IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington.

Frank Warren, who promotes both fighters, confirmed the two will face off before the end of 2018, potentially at Manchester Arena.

Frampton knows that Warrington will be a tougher challenge than Jackson, who would have his corner throw in the towel during the ninth round of their fight on August 25th.

“He had the biggest win of his career against (Lee) Selby. It’s not an easy fight, and it’s a big fight, especially in the UK and Ireland.

“It’s very, very exciting. My fans will be excited by it, Warrington’s fans will be excited by it. The atmosphere’s going to be electric, it’s going to be one of the best atmospheres ever.

“I don’t think Josh Warrington is going to give me six rounds by not doing anything, so it would be a completely different fight, and a better fight. It’d have to be – it couldn’t get any worse.”

Frampton would have to battle through some uncharacteristic nerves before the fight against Jackson, due to being in his hometown, but insists that he wants to return to the city next year.

“I want to keep going; to come back to Belfast it would need to be next summer. You never know but I want to come back here – I’d love that.

“I was nervous when I was eating dinner, I’m not usually nervous that far out. There were cameras in the changing room and it was relaxed, the boys were singing, messing about and telling jokes and that’s the atmosphere I like, so in the changing room the nerves were gone and I was ready to do my job.

“It was unbelievable. I don’t know if this is a bit vain, but I was watching myself on the big screen, walking (to the ring), and I was smiling to myself.”

Initial Report: Boxing News Online

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