Warrington, though, made a mockery of those predictions and, although he admitted to having some pre-fight jitters, expects to be given his due credit after upsetting the odds once again. "That for me is the best title fight I've ever, ever seen in a British ring".
"I hope he goes on to unify, his whole team are all decent people". I lost the fight but I wanted to stay in there and fight it out. "There were times when I hit him with some corking shots".
"Carl Frampton will go down as one of the best champions in history and it was an honour to share the ring with him".
"But Warrington and Frampton are true A List fighters". "I have to be honest, I think he's the best featherweight in the world", Warren said. "He has unbelievable work rate on him".
Frampton would eventually start outbox Warrington in the middle rounds in an effort to cut into Warrington's lead on the cards.
Frampton gambled in the same way as Selby, choosing to trade with Warrington and trusting himself to inflict more punishment than he received.
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But Frampton showed all his ringcraft, landing a punishing right hook before spending most of the next two rounds boxing beautifully on the back foot, using his jab well to keep Warrington off balance.
Conlan, 27, now has 10 wins from 10 fights and almost got the job done inside the distance with a number of crushing blows in the final round, but a very courageous and gallant Cunningham deserved to hear the final bell, and did, but was on the losing side of the decision. I've just got something inside me that just won't let me get beat.
Several combinations in the 10th found their way through the tight guard of Frampton, who had been targeting the body, before both fighters swung wildly once more to end another absorbing round. A blatant and brutal attempt to harm Warren's first primetime pay-per-view event on BT Sport.
"I was over there in Vegas when Carl boxed Santa Cruz". It was, he said, reminiscent of the 1995 bout between Nigel Benn and Gerald McClellan, a night which saw McClellan suffer awful brain injuries and which the renowned journalist, Hugh McIlvaney, called "one of the most brutal fights any of us at ringside had witnessed". He's a very good fighter and a much harder puncher than anyone has given him credit for. There were times this week where I thought "for f*** sake, why didn't we have a steady defence?' At the first bell I looked over at him and thought 'I've got to be at my best".
"Carl is a tough, tough man", he said.
WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz - who took the belt off Frampton in January 2017 - Oscar Valdez, who holds the WBO title and American Gary Russell Jr, who has the WBC belt, are all potential opponents for the Leeds man.