Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington press conference in Belfast

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton

IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington and challenger Carl Frampton faced off on the second leg of their press tour in Leeds on Wednesday before they meet again in Belfast on Thursday.

They pair meet in a stunning match at the Manchester Arena on Saturday December 22.

Warrington’s home city Leeds hosted yesterday’s event with the Carriageworks packed with his fans.

Former two-weight world champion Frampton has home advantage at the final press conference at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast today. (1pm start)

And ‘The Jackal’ believes he will have to be at his best when the two collide in Manchester.

“I may need the performance of my life and there isn’t an ounce of quit in either of us. It will be a case of toughening it out.

“I will suss him out and work out game plans as the fight goes on.

“I don’t have to hate Josh. I like him, but it is a fight and we will do whatever we can to win the fight and shake hands afterwards.

“Things will be said in the build-up that will irk each other, but it happens and the only opponent I ever hated was Chris Avalos.

“If I win this fight it will mean more than any of my world title wins, because I have been written off.

“I want to stick my fingers up to those who wrote me off after the Leo Santa Cruz loss.”

And Frampton’s coach Jamie Moore is confident his man will get the job done.

“Carl does things that come natural like footwork and anticipation.

“There is a difference between elite and world class fighters. Carl is elite.

“I wouldn’t want to change him in a big way because he was already phenomenal.

“It is more about decision making and setting tactics. This fight will come down to tactics.

“I know nobody will beat Josh without being in a very tough fight, but I feel I have a very talented fighter in Carl.

Josh proved how good he was against Lee Selby and he is more than a pressure fighter.

“His work-rate will give anybody problems. This is a great fight.”