Frank Warren hoping for Warrington-Frampton trilogy


Frank Warren loves an in-house fight and the veteran promoter can envision a trilogy between Queensberry stablemates Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington.

Belfast’s Frampton [25(14)-1(0)] has his dream stadium fight at Windsor Park on August 18th and, after this, Warren wants to match him with Leeds warrior Warrington [27(6)-0] in what he hopes will be the first of a trilogy of fights.

It was initially claimed that the winner of Warrington’s IBF featherweight title fight with Lee Selby last week would face Frampton but this was quickly ruled out. Most assumed that Warren was looking to build the fight into a Summer 2019 showdown.

However, the veteran promoter is keen to match the pair at a neutral venue – most likely the Manchester Arena or London’s O2 Arena this Winter.

Outlining this stance, Warren said that “I want him [Josh Warrington] out again in September, we haven’t discussed yet but I’d like to see him out again in September in a defence of his title, let Carl have a [WBO interim title] defence, and then I’d like to see them two get it on sooner rather than later.”

“I’ve not had a conversation with them both yet, that’s what I’d like but you don’t always get what you want. That’s what the fans would like and, I’m sure, at the end of the day, that’s what the guys want, a big money fight.”

Speculative odds for the fight have Frampton a 2/5 favourite – although Warren upset a slightly wider price last week when he dethroned Selby. Warren believes it is a 50-50 fight and one that will be so close that it could spawn a rematch or even a trilogy.

The BT Sport-backed fight boss described how “I think that type of event could become one of those trilogies because, if you look at them, there’s a great case for both of them, the way they fight.”

“They’re both super guys to work with, they’re both very good boxers, and who knows? It’s one of them – ‘I fancy him but I fancy him as well!’ It’s one where, at the moment, you’re sitting on the fence.”

“There could be two or three fights in that, that’s the type of fight it would be.”

“I said the last one [Selby-Warrington] had ‘fight’ written all over it. This one, when they eventually fight, has got ‘fight, fight, fight’ written all over it, it’s a great fight.”

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Joe O'Neill

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