Carl Frampton out to silence doubters by lifting IBF World title

Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington
Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington

Carl Frampton insisted at a press conference in Belfast on Thursday that he is fully focused on his IBF featherweight World title clash against Josh Warrington in Manchester on December 22.

Frampton and IBF king Warrington were in Belfast yesterday on the third day of their tour to promote the showdown.

The two fighters had been in London, Leeds and Belfast this week pushing the fight and Frampton if the fight lives up to expectations they may do it again.

“You take one fight at a time and the next opponent is always the most important guy.

“Obviously it is important to keep an eye on the future, but if this fight is as hard and exciting as it can be then people will be crying out for another one - and then another one after that. You never know what will happen.

“I just believe I am in the best shape of my life right now and, the same as Josh.

“I believe I am in my prime years.

“I want so much to win another world title and I will be sticking the fingers up to the people who thought I was done. That is the reason why I am doing this,” he said.

And Warrington says he knows the threat that ‘The Jackal’ brings to the table.

“I always think boxing is about timing and I have never said I thought Carl was done.

“You can only fight who is put in front of you so I am under no illusions and won’t be going in there thinking it is only a 75 per cent Carl or he is not the same Carl as when he boxed Quigg or Santa Cruz.

“I will be preparing for the very best Carl Frampton, like I do with all my opponents.

“I’ve worked hard to win this title and I don’t plan on giving it up any time soon.

“I am fighting someone in Carl who was rated pound-for-pound and recognised by Ring magazine, so I know he has got some really good credentials behind him.

“I know that I will need to be at my best but I am in a very good place at the minute.

My confidence is through the roof and I can’t wait for this fight, I really can’t,” added Warrington.

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