“The Leeds Warrior” Josh Warrington pulled off another upset on Saturday, successfully defending his IBF featherweight title against Carl Frampton. The back-and-forth war resulted in a unanimous decision win for Warrington.
Warrington vs. Frampton – Fight Recap
Warrington found success pressuring Frampton early, staggering the challenger with a quick flurry of punches in the middle of the first round. After earning Frampton’s respect, Warrington would proceed to outwork and outland his more experienced opponent in most every round. At distance, Warrington kept his hands up and used excellent lateral movement. The champion also utilized his jab well to work his way on the inside, where he would oftentimes simply overwhelm Frampton with his faster hands.
Though Frampton had his moments (and showed heart), Warrington’s sheer punch volume, skill, and toughness proved too much for the Northern Irishman. Official scores were 116-113, 116-112, and 116-112 for Warrington.
With the win, Warrington improved to 28-0, proving that he is without a doubt an elite fighter at 126. Warrington stated that he will be looking to unify against one of the three other featherweight champions: Leo Santa Cruz (WBA), Gary Russell Jr. (WBC), or Oscar Valdez (WBO).
The undercard of the event saw Hassan N’Dam (of France) outpoint Martin Murray (UK) to win the WBC Silver middleweight title and Ireland’s Michael Conlan decision Jason Cunningham (UK).
Former middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders defeated Charles Adamu in a cruiserweight bout when the latter retired after four rounds. Saunders vacated his WBO title earlier this year after testing positive for a banned substance.
Other Notable Fight Results
- Dillian Whyte KO11 Dereck Chisora (Click Here for Recap)
- Jermall Charlo UD12 Matvey Korobov
- Tony Harrison UD12 Jermell Charlo
- Liam Williams TKO10 Mark Heffron
- Charlie Edwards UD12 Cristofer Rosales
- Ryan Walsh SD12 Reece Bellotti
Though I predicted a Frampton win, this outcome was not at all astonishing. I was a bit surprised at how easily Warrington was able to dominate on the inside, but I knew that on his best night he could compete with Carl. Props to both fighters for putting on a show.
After defeating Lee Selby and now Frampton, logically it makes sense for Warrington to fight one of the other champions. I think his style and ability give him a chance to beat all three of them. WBO champion Oscar Valdez, who is promoted by Top Rank, might be the easiest to get in the ring.
Comment below with who you think Josh Warrington should fight next. What do you think of Carl Frampton’s performance? Should he retire or try and make one more big fight happen?