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Carl Frampton laughs off KO promise from “arrogant” Josh Warrington

Carl Frampton [26(15)-1(0)] has reiterated his belief that Josh Warrington [27(6)-0] is hiding an arrogant streak in his personality ahead of the pair’s world title fight later this month.

‘The Jackal’ challenges for Warrington’s IBF featherweight title at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd in the maiden domestic BT Sport Box Office event.

Frampton has been increasingly put out by the actions of Warrington in the build-up to the clash and feels that the Leeds fighter’s true, unsavoury, personality is coming to the fore.

“I think I am a pretty laid back person and I don’t necessarily have a dislike for Josh Warrington,” Frampton told the launch edition of The Boxing Podcast.

“But, I think there is something bubbling beneath the surface and he is a bit more arrogant than he lets on.”

“It is just a few things that I have seen recently and it is starting to seep out. Maybe he is getting a wee bit carried away with this world title and fair play to him because he is a world champion and he is entitled to be proud of that.”

“He is getting a bit too carried away though and I think there is a bit of arrogance in there somewhere that he is trying his best to keep away from the public.”

In particular, Frampton was not fond of Warrington’s prediction of a knockout win next weekend.

The Belfast 31-year-old outlined how is issue stems from “a few wee things that he’s said.”

“He’s said he’s going to knock me out and he doesn’t need to say that.”

“It is a bit of an outrageous comment coming from a guy whose had as many knockout wins as I’ve had world title fights. I don’t think he needed to say that,” noted Frampton who will have his seventh world title contest on December 22nd.

Warrington’s world title win over Welshman Lee Selby back in May featured a heated lead-in with the pair having had a couple of year’s worth of history.

The animosity between the Yorkshire 28-year-old and Frampton is a newer one but there still could be some fight week fireworks

“Potentially,” mused Frampton “I’ll just do what I’ve always done and I’ll respect opponents if I’m respected. I take it all with a pinch of salt and carry on thinking about myself and my own performance.”

“I don’t get to caught up in it all, but we’ll see, as it gets closer and he gets a bit more on edge he may say a few things that aren’t that savoury. It doesn’t bother me.”


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Joe O'Neill

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