Carl Frampton has finally been able to find some consolation in one of just two career defeats.
It doesn’t take away the hurt of losing, but being awarded a British Fight of the Year gong by the British Boxing Board of Control does lessen the pain somewhat.
On Friday night the BBBofC announced ‘The Jackal’s’ clash with Josh Warrington as their 2019 Fight of The Year winner – and Frampton welcomed the ‘honour’.
“My fight with Josh Warrington was named British Fight of the Year at the British Boxing Board of Control dinner on Friday night, which was a nice honour even though I lost the bout,” said in his Sunday Life Column.
The Warrington Frampton fight played out in Leeds on December 22 of last year and was for the home fighters IBF featherweight world title.
The Belfast favourite went in as favourite to win the bout, but was outpointed by the Yorkshire native.
Frampton has since lamented his display and his approach in the first round in particular, but has never taken credit from Warrington for the win.
Now he claims he can take some solace in the fact he played his part in such an entertaining clash.
“Obviously I was disappointed at the result, but it shows that even though I wasn’t at my best I was able to give the fans some great entertainment and I want to thank the British Board for the award. It’s a fight that will be remembered for a long time.”
Frampton hasn’t fought since the now BBBofC Fight of the Year winner. He was due to make his Top Rank debut in August, but a bizarre accident in fight week prevented him from facing Emmanuel Dominguez in Philadelphia.
The 32-year-old is now back in training and has revealed he will fight Las Vegas next.
No official announcement has been made but the former two weight world champ is said to back live on ESPN+ come November 30th.
Again, no opponent has been confirmed, but former super bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe has been muted, has been vocal about the fight and is on the a list of candidates according to Frampton.