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More To Give – Carl Frampton sees Josh Warrington as gateway to Unifications

Carl Frampton [26(15)-1(0)] has aspirations beyond Josh Warrington and the IBF featherweight world title.

‘The Jackal’ predicts fight fans are in for an early Christmas present when he faces the Leeds native in Manchester on Saturday December 22nd.

However, while the featherweight aims to end the year by regaining world champion status, the 31-year-old’s ambitions don’t end there.

Should he claim a fourth world title belt, Frampton is keen to immediately win a fifth and become a unified champion at a second weight.

Considering he is a target of returning WBO champion Oscar Valdez and is one a-piece with WBA titleholder Leo Santa Cruz, he would certainly look likely be afforded the chance to achieve that goal in 2019 should he defeat Warrington.

Indeed, with Frampton enjoying a new lease of life under new coach Jamie Moore fights beyond those two mega clashes also seems a real possibility.

“I’ve done a lot more in my career than I thought I would have when I turned professional,” admits the Belfast fighter.

“I’m very proud of my career, but I believe I still have more to give and want to keep going as long as I can. I will add my fourth world title and go on and unify again.”

Some have predicted that the Warrington match-u will lead to the sort of exciting fight that people expected when ‘The Jackal’ unified versus Scott Quigg back in 2016.

While he has big American dreams, Frampton is not looking past his English rival and is looking forward to a tough fight.

“You’re going to see two hungry guys in their prime. Warrington has just won this world title and isn’t going to give it up easily.”

“I know what it’s like to be a world champion and I want that feeling back again, I think there is going to be fireworks in this fight.”

Warrington [27(6)-0] was previously deemed perfect for Frampton’s style and a fighter the Tiger’s Bay man should handle without being overly troubled – indeed, this time last year, many laughed off the suggestion of a fight.

However, his surprise dethroning of Lee Selby at Elland Road back in May has seen both his stock and his confidence levels rise.

The 27-year-old has a strong belief he can claim a second scalp and steal Frampton’s unification dreams.

“The Frampton fight really appeals to me and it will be another big scalp for me,” said the unbeaten Englishman.

“It’s about keeping the momentum going and I just believe I can beat Carl. I’m just as confident in beating Carl as I was beating Lee.”

“These are fights that the British public want to see. I’m a world champion and when you are world champion you want to fight the best and Carl is a name who is up there.”


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