Josh Warrington eyes Carl Frampton unification


Neither of them currently hold world titles, however Josh Warrington [25(5)-0] is envisioning a unification with new stablemate Carl Frampton.

‘The Jackal’ announced a link up with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions last month, joining fellow featherweight Warrington who hopped across from Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom last year.

Immediately after signing Frampton, Warren began to mention a potential in-house world title fight with Warrington.

The Leeds fighter himself is keen on the fight, but noted that it is one for down the line, potentially to unify belts in the division.

Warrington fights on Saturday October 21st, facing Dennis Ceylan at the First Direct Arena in an IBF final eliminator – a fight that would set up a world title challenge against long-term rival Lee Selby

Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] on the other hand returns to the ring on Saturday November 18th at the SSE Arena in Belfast, and has spoken of a potential world title fight next March or in the Summer – with WBO champ Oscar Valdez and WBA titlist Leo Santa Cruz the two most frequently-mentioned names.

Englishman Warrington believes a unification between the two is a possibility and told BoxNation that “he has got a lot of pedigree behind him and when we talk about having big stadium fights, you want to be getting in with someone like Carl Frampton, who has got that appeal.”

“Not only that, he is a good fighter and if me and him were to clash it would be a very entertaining fight.”

“If he can pick up a title from one governing body and I pick up the IBF it would be a unification fight to sell out Elland Road or Windsor Park. We’ve both got a big fanbase so there are all the ingredients for a massive fight.”

“It is a massive signing for Frank getting Carl onboard. Carl is a brilliant fighter, with worldwide recognition, a huge fanbase and has won World Titles at two weight divisions.”

Joe O'Neill

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