Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton took five minutes out from preparations for their upcoming IBF world featherweight contest on December 22nd to share their thoughts on tonight’s heavyweight blockbuster showdown between WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and undefeated former champion Tyson Fury.
The pair are Queensberry Promotions stablemates of Fury but, while Warrington is going for a Fury win, Frampton is picking the Manchester-born former Irish champion to lose.
Frampton, who is also a managerial stablemate of ‘The Gypsy King’, admits that “when it was first made I strongly fancied Wilder.”
“As the fight has got closer, I’ve been changing my mind. Looking at Fury’s shape and he is in good shape. In the pics I have seen he looks better than he ever has before.”
“There are loads of questions to be asked. Has Fury lost too much weight? Is his inactivity going to cost him? How’s he going to be able to deal with Wilder’s punching power?,” mused ‘The Jackal’ before reaffirming his Wilder pick.
“Difficult one to call, but right now I’m leaning very slightly towards Deontay Wilder.”
IBF featherweight champion Warrington has not had the same back-and-forths in his head as Frampton and described how “I said Fury when the fight first got made and I haven’t changed my mind, got to go for Tyson Fury for the win!
“Of course, you can’t rule out Wilder as he has some serious power in those fists and has proved it time and time again, but Fury’s size and ring IQ will prove crucial. I can honestly see him out-boxing and frustrating Wilder for 12 rounds.”
Wilder v Fury takes place in the early hours of tomorrow morning at the Staples Centre in L.A., and will be shown live via BT Sport Box Office.