After winning the IBF World featherweight title from Lee Selby in front of a packed Elland Road Stadium on Saturday night, speculation began about Josh Warrington’s next challenge.

One such potential candidate stood at ringside and observed Warrington’s performance closely. Carl Frampton did not beat around the bush and expressed his immediate interest in fighting the new IBF World featherweight champion next.

“I hope we don’t [go our separate ways]. I want to fight Josh Warrington, he’s a world champion and I want to fight the big names,” said Frampton during a live BT Sport broadcast.

‘The Jackal’ is scheduled to step back into the ring in August and hopes to fight Warrington at Windsor Park in Belfast.

“I give him massive credit, all the credit in the world, in fact, and I’d love to fight him. But what I do know is that my next fight is in Belfast in August, whether that be against Josh or someone else.

“I want that fight next and it sounded to me, from listening to Frank [Warren, the promoter], like they didn’t want to make it next,” Frampton continued.

Unfortunately for the WBO interim featherweight champion, he heard right.

“I don’t think he’ll [Warrington] be facing Carl in August. I think that’s too soon. Carl will defend his WBO interim title or fight for another title,” Warren told exclusively to Boxing Social.

But the promoter does intend to make the fight happen eventually.

“Eventually these two guys are gonna meet and it’s going to be a big fight. All those great fans from Belfast and fantastic fans from Leeds. Imagine what the atmosphere will be, it will be huge,” stated Warren.


Josh Warrington captures the IBF World featherweight championship against Lee Selby