Boxing

Carl Frampton foe Josh Warrington says he'll leave 'the Jackal' facing retirement after Saturday night's World title battle

Josh Warrington against Lee Selby (left) during their IBF World Featherweight bout at Elland Road, Leeds..
Andy Watters in Manchester

JOSH Warrington intends to end Carl Frampton’s career, certainly at featherweight and possibly once and for all, by beating him in tomorrow night’s IBF Featherweight title battle.

Super-confident Warrington, the defending champion, predicts that Frampton will be forced to swap his gloves and boxing boots for a “pipe and slippers” after he wins at Manchester Arena.

Warrington (27-0) intends to “crack America” after seeing off Belfast’s two-weight world champion and says Frampton’s only options will be to retire or move up in weight.

“I don’t think he’s got anywhere to go unless he moves up to super-feather and has a big fight with James Tennyson,” said the Yorkshire man who will be escorted to the ring tomorrow night by Leeds United captain Liam Cooper.

“I think that’s the only potential fight he could have – a big Belfast one.

“If he loses to me, it’s going to be kind of embarrassing in a way. He can turn round and say: ‘Josh is a good fighter, he’s a world champion and it’s no disgrace losing to him’ but I think it will be a pipe and slippers moment after that.”

Warrington is the outsider with the bookies but he is well used to that. Despite having home advantage, he was the 4/1 underdog to win the title in May and he does not contemplate losing it in his first defence on Saturday night.

“I’d probably have a few months on the piss, drowning my sorrows,” he replied when asked how he would cope with defeat.

“I don’t want to think about that, I only think about winning and going forward – that’s the life that I think about.

“I’d probably go into depression (if I lost) but I only think about winning and going forward. After this I want to go Stateside, I’ve told the boys already: ‘Get your passports ready, start saving them giros, ’cos we’re going to go and crack America after this’.

“It’s all part of the journey and the next chapter starts here.”

He recalled his British title win over Belfast’s Martin Lindsay in 2014. Back then, that was the height of his ambition but, with the Lonsdale in his bag, he raised the bar for himself and it has gone a notch higher with each subsequent victory (nine in all with four stoppages).

“When I boxed Martin Lindsay I was thinking: ‘All I want to do is win this British title at Leeds Arena and, if I have to retire after it, I’ll be a happy man,” he recalled.

“But when I came through it, I thought: ‘Who’s next?’

“I had the same feeling after I beat Selby. We’d been on the same journey together, the rivalry had been built up for so long I thought: ‘All I want to do is have my arm raised. As long as they raise my arm, if they turn round and say ‘Josh, you can’t box no more’ that would have been ok.

“All I wanted to do was win but as soon as I got back to the changingrooms I was: ‘Who’s next?’ again. It’s fire and determination, I just want more, I’m greedy – it’s something that has been in me from a young age, wanting to be the best, wanting to push on.”

He added: “Selby was a little chapter.

“That night was one of the best night’s of my career so far but I can only add to that. We start a chapter now with Carl Frampton.

“After that there’ll be more, it’ll be Stateside, Vegas, Madison Square Garden…”

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