Better than Quigg – Carl Frampton feels Josh Warrington pay-per-view clash will entertain


Josh Warrington, unlike Scott Quigg, will come to fight – enabling the Leeds champion and Carl Frampton to put on a show for two of the best supports in the game claims ‘The Jackal’ himself.

The Belfast fighter’s eagerly anticipated Quigg showdown  in 2016 was ultimately a domestic dud. The Bury man did very little over the first six rounds of the Sky Box Office clash and all but enabled Frampton to fight within himself and win relatively comfortably.

6-0 up at the turn, a fresh Frampton was able to withstand Quigg’s late charge to win on the cards.

Considering the years of verbal sparring it was a major disappointment as the pre fight press tour provided more drama and even action.

That won’t be the case when the Jamie Moore-trained featherweight trades leather with former Patrick Hyland and Martin Lindsay foe Warrington later this year, according to Frampton.

If a fight which the 31-year-old believes ‘makes the most sense’ is agreed, he stresses Warrington’s style and approach will make for an entertaining clash.

Frampton [26(15)-1(0)] suggests the Leeds fighter will at the very least make work for his money in a fight which is set to take place on BT Sports pay-per-view.

“It probably has the ingredients [to be exciting],” he reasoned.

“Scott Quigg’s tactics when he fought me were strange, to say the least, and I won not having to do a lot at all,” Frampton added, speaking after his stoppage win over Luke Jackson at Windsor Park on Saturday.

“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,” joked the two-weight world champion

While things may get exciting inside the squared circle, events outside it should be special. A meeting of Frampton and IBF champion Warrington [27(6)-0] would also mean a meeting of two of the most partisan fan bases in boxing.

The Jackal Army and the Leeds support have both brought over 20,000 to stadiums this Summer and a mooted Manchester Arena match-up full with both set of fans would generate a special atmosphere suggests Frampton.

“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 want to blow my own trumpet, or Warrington’s trumpet – I don’t want to blow Warrington’s trumpet – it’ll be the best atmosphere in boxing. Look at his fans, look at my fans.”

The Manchester Arena or the O2 Arena in London, both with capacities over 20,000 are the current front-runners for the end-of-year fight which will hopefully be announced next week.

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