It was a big night for boxing last night (Saturday, December 23, 2018) as a host of titles were on the line, one of which being the IBF featherweight title…
IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington faced off against Irishman Carl Frampton last night in what was meant to be a very game affair. Frampton, 26-1 before last night’s title fight, was being pegged by many to end Warrington’s undefeated streak.
Warrington, 27-0 before last night’s first title defense, had other ideas.
Warrington vs Frampton Was A War, But Not Close
So came the Saturday night showdown, and it was not to be Frampton’s night. Fans commented on how slow and stiff the Irishman looked. Perhaps indicating he hadn’t warmed up correctly, or simply that he was just outclassed, Frampton’s combinations were slow, predictable and countered for all 12 rounds.
Warrington did the job proficiently. Fast combinations, bullying his way to the ropes and attacking the body at will. At the end of the evening, there were no doubts who won this fight. The judges scores were 116-112, 116-112, and 116-113, scoring the fight unanimously for Warrington, who retained the IBF featherweight belt.
Warrington extends his record to 28-0 and moves on to a bigger fight, while Frampton drops to 26-2 with some decisions to make.
Watch the Warrington vs Frampton highlights below:
Per Badlefthook.com, both men’s post-fight statements, and the undercard results:
“I think I’ve earned me Christmas turkey now,” Warrington said after the fight, after expressing admiration for Frampton, adding, “It was an honor to share the ring with him.”
“Josh won the fight fair and square,” Frampton said. “I was in incredible shape coming into this fight and the better man won, simple as that. I hope he goes on to do great things and unify.”
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