Belfast favourite Carl Frampton challenges IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena, live on BT Sport Box Office, and the pair’s common promoter is adamant it is one of the best fights in the division – and the best fight to take place on December 22nd.
Warrington makes the first defence of the belt he won at Elland Road versus Lee Selby, again entering as underdog, while Frampton looks to win a fourth world title belt after having his own stadium scrap last month at Windsor Park against Luke Jackson.
It’s the latest fight of an ongoing strong period worldwide for the sport.
On Saturday just gone Canelo Alvarez outpointed and dethroned WBA-WBC middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin in their rematch in Las Vegas and Hall of Fame promoter Warren sees Warrington-Frampton as something of a featherweight equivalent.
The Queensberry boss described how the fighters, “like Canelo and Golovkin, are also at the top of their game and as somebody said to me, it is like the apex of the sport.”
“You’ve got to hand it to Josh for being prepared to jump straight from the frying pan of defeating Lee Selby – which most observers said he wouldn’t – and into the fire of Frampton when he could have bided his time.”
“He wants to be in the biggest fights and that is what he’s got, and Carl for accepting the challenge to determine who is the best. The rest of us are in for another fistic treat just before our Christmas feast.”
The announcement of the fight at the weekend comes at a time when a heavyweight grudge rematch between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora is being mooted for the O2 Arena in London on Sky Box Office.
The clash has been criticise by fans and Warren – while Chisora and Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn has claimed he had little alternative and noted that he doesn’t see Warrington-Frampton as ‘competition’.
While no names were mentioned, Warren has seemingly compared the two match-ups and it is his belief that Warrington-Frampton is a far superior fight.
In a thinly-veiled put-down, the London promoter seemed to describe Jamaican Whyte and Zimbabwean Chisora as fighters that were being ‘recycled’.
Warren stated that “it is two guys right in their pomp, who have not been bashed up or seen better days. Carl has lost one fight, which is not the end of the world, and has come back and shown he has got plenty left in the tank. Josh is on the up and we have a fight between two guys who are bang in form and that is what it is all about.”
“We’re not talking about a fight between people who are being recycled and are not even the best in Britain, we are talking about one where both fighters are in the top four in the world in their division.”