Carl Frampton has likened Josh Warrington to footballing minnows Accrington Stanley in terms of the top names in the featherweight division.
Ahead of his fight with Kiko Martinez nine days ago, Warrington would give his thoughts on the big names at nine stone, including ‘The Jackal.’
The Leeds fan favourite admitted he had an admiration and respect for former WBA featherweight champ Frampton, but noted how he saw chinks in the armour of the Belfast man which he believed he could exploit.
Warrington [25(5)-0] would go on to squeeze past former IBF super bantamweight champ and two-time Frampton opponent Martinez via majority decision, live on BoxNation and BT Sport
Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has moved to dismiss Warrington’s lofty ambitions and stated that he does not feel the Englishman could cut it with the big boys in the weight class.
Using the Martinez fight as the proof for his argument, Frampton wrote in his weekly column for the Sunday Life that “my old rival and friend Kiko Martinez gave it all he had and I think showed everyone the level that Josh Warrington is at.”
“Kiko hasn’t got much left in the tank for world level but he still pushed Warrington all the way and I actually had his just edging it last weekend.”
Addressing ‘The Tooth Fairy’s’ recent talk of world title challenges, Frampton described how “I saw an article recently in which Warrington talked about how he would go about beating me, Gary Russell (WBC champion), Lee Selby (IBF champion) and Leo Santa Cruz (WBA champion) but that’s like Accrington Stanley’s manager saying how he’s going to beat Chelsea.”
“Warrington has been matched brilliantly and he has done very well to get to the level he is at. He’s clearly a very dedicated fighter but he doesn’t have the power for the highest level and he gets hit too easily.”
“Any of the top featherweights in the world would beat him.”
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