The IBF featherweight world champion was massive underdog when he challenged Lee Selby for the strap in the Summer with most predicting a routine win for the ‘Welsh Mayweather’.
However, Warrington put in a career best performance to beat a champion who had made five successful defenses and while people may now cite Selby’s issues with weight, this wasn’t tbe case in the build-up.
Admirably, the 27-year-old ticket-seller elected against a routine voluntary defence and instead opted for a clash with former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton.
Despite champion status, Frampton’s Queensberry stablemate goes into the bout as an underdog once more with bookies and fans questioning his chances. However, having rejoiced in proving people wrong in the past, the Englishman is looking forward to doing it again in Manchester three days shy of Christmas.
Warrington noted how “it’s making me train harder and I want to turn around and stick two fingers up, it was sweetly satisfying after the last fight.”
“I don’t want to be too cocky – but when all them haters, especially on social media, were writing me off saying ‘Warrington’s going to get schooled! He’s going to get his head boxed off! He’s going to get knocked out unconscious on the floor!‘”
“To be able to, after the fight, scroll through my social media when I got home, my world title sat there, cup of tea, ‘you were saying?” joked ‘The Leeds Warrior’.
Confidence bolstered, Warrington noted how “I think it is nice to turn around, especially when you’re doubted, it wasn’t that a few doubted me, the whole country doubted me who took interest in that fight.”
“Nobody was giving me a round never mind the fight, and the way I went about it, it was a bit sweeter,” he added before predicting a similar upset against Frampton.
“And I feel like it will be the same with this one [against Frampton].”