Josh Warrington to make his first defense against Carl Frampton
On Saturday, December 22, we’ll see a clash of two of the most talented British fighters in Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton.
These two have been talking this fight up since it was announced, with both guys predicting dominant victories.
Now let’s take a look at the fighters.
The Challenger: Carl Frampton
Frampton is a two-division world champion, having shared the ring with the likes of Scott Quigg, Kiko Martinez (twice), Leo Santa Cruz (twice), and Nonito Donaire.
A very good fighter and one I’d categorize as a boxer-puncher. He’s been battle-tested throughout his career while also having to take his show on the road. The experience edge definitely goes to him.
The Champion: Josh Warrington
Back in May of this year, Warrington was an underdog going into his fight with Lee Selby. However, he proved the naysayers wrong.
Selby was dismissive of Warrington and his chances of dethroning him as champion. Once the action started, we saw Warrington go into full pressure mode as he outworked, out-fought and out-hustled Selby on his way to winning a split-decision to become the new IBF featherweight champion.
This fight screams technical boxer vs pressure fighter.
Advice to Frampton
Frampton, most would say, is the more versatile fighter with more tools in his toolbox. For him to be successful against Warrington, he’s going to have to control not only the distance, but the pace as well.
He’s no stranger to high pace fights exemplified in his bouts with Leo Santa Cruz. He’s a few years older and Warrington has shown an unlimited amount of stamina. So that’s something to watch.
Advice to Warrington
For Warrington to be successful in his first title defense, he’s going to have mirror his performance against Lee Selby.
He needs to establish a pace that makes Frampton uncomfortable. Additionally, he should be in close quarters smothering the punches from the challenger.
Body work will be key for both men as well, especially for Frampton as he’ll look to slow down the extremely active Warrington.
This is truly a 50-50 fight that either man can win. However, I see this high-chase, chess match-up going in the favor of the champion.
What he lacks in power, he makes up for with his endurance and volume. I see him pulling away in the second half of the fight to win a split-decision victory to retain his title.
By: Jerrell Fletcher