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Warren confirms Frampton return on August 18 in Belfast, gives no guarantees on Warrington clash

Joe Hewlett / Phil Jay 19/05/2018

Elland Road erupted as Josh Warrington ripped the IBF belt from Lee Selby to become Leeds first ever world champion.

The ‘Warrior’ won via a split decision winning 113-115, 116-112, 115-113, although promoter Frank Warren revealed a battle with Carl Frampton may not be next.

Warrington was much the aggressor during the opening rounds and rocked Selby in the second after a left hook to the jaw followed by a strike to the temple.

Selby, who was making a fifth defence of his IBF title, suffered an horrific cut above the left eye in the same round from a clash of heads. He was taken to the corner in the sixth-round before being allowed to continue.

Warrington remained the busier of the two fighters and landed the cleaner, crisper shots as Selby used all his experience to compose himself during the later rounds.

However, Warrington edged a thrilling contest with the support of the Kaiser Chiefs and 25,000 fans in attendance.

In the aftermath, Warren addressed questions regarding Frampton, who was ringside to witness the contest and is set to return on August 18 in Belfast.

“We will meet up next week and talk about what’s direction is next,” said Warren to Ronald McIntosh of BT Sport in the ring.

“The Leeds fans were brilliant and we will be back here again putting the big fights on with your champion – Josh Warrington.

“They are two massive draws. Two very proud guys who have got their various cities behind them. That’s a massive fight and goes into a big stadium.

“But Carl is fighting on August 16th (corrected to the 18th) in Belfast and he’s the WBO interim champion so we will work out where we are going with that in the next week.

“(In regards to Frampton v Warrington) We are going to have this massive fight, eventually.”

Frampton himself, speaking to Paul Dempsey, responded to the host stating they may be going their separate ways for now: “I hope not,” he said.

“I would love to fight Josh Warrington and I’d love him to come to Belfast. All I know is I’m going to be fighting in Belfast in August. If it’s Josh Warrington or someone else, that’s up to the promoters.

“I want to fight big names. My next fight is going to be in Belfast and that’s all I know,” Frampton concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95

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