Josh Warrington Passes the Carl Frampton Test

Josh Warrington Successfully Makes his 1st Title Defense

Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton
Josh Warrington retains his IBF title.

Josh Warrington defeats Carl Frampton to retain IBF Feathhyerweight title

In one of the more action-packed and entertaining bouts of the year, Josh retained the IBF featherweight title in Manchester. As a result, he showed his win over Lee Selby was no fluke!

This fight was a clash of styles between the relentless pressure and work rate of the defending champion versus the style and guile of Frampton.

In the end, it was the work rate and the insane conditioning of the champion that proved the difference.

Warrington is a bit of a bully in the ring. From the start, he came out on the attack, battering Frampton with a barrage of punches in the first two rounds.

He pinned the challenger on the ropes in the second landing a series of punches to the head and body.

In the fourth round, Frampton began to compose himself and fought at a slower pace finding some success. From the mid-point of this fight on, it turned from a good fight into one of the better fights of the year.

While Frampton tried fighting at a calculated pace in a attempt to pick his shots, the defending champion was having none of it as he continued to swarm.

In rounds 8-11, both fighters tore into each other trading shots as this fight turned into pure warfare. Knowing he was behind heading into the last round, Frampton went for it fighting on the attack.

However, Warrington is a pit bull and was more than willing to fight back in what turned out to be a corker of a fight.

These two put on a show for the people, but the defending champion was just too much in the end.

Frampton states after the fight:

“Josh won the fight fair and square.

“I was in incredible shape coming into the fight and the better man won, simple as that.”

It’s anticipated that Warrington’s next title defense will be against the IBF Featherweight mandatory “Kid” Galahad (26-0, 15 KO’s)

By: Michael Wilson Jr

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