Arum, Warren hold talks for Valdez v Warrington/Frampton unification

Josh Warrington Carl Frampton

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is demanding a unification showdown against Josh Warrington or Carl Frampton.

Warrington makes the first defense of his IBF title against Frampton at the Manchester Arena on Saturday December 22nd, live on BT Sport Box Office.

The winner is set to be heading straight into a mega fight against Valdez. The reigning belt holder has made four defenses of the title he won in July 2016 against Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda.

Valdez who has won all 24 professional fights, 19 by KO said: “I have always said that I want to fight the best.

“Frampton and Warrington are both big names in the sport. I’m ready to fight the winner and unify titles.”

Valdez’s promoter Bob Arum has said he has already spoken with Frank Warren. The Top Rank boss is keen on matching the winner of the Christmas cracker between Warrington and Frampton.

He told ‘The Boxing Beat’ on ESPN+: “We’re looking at January 12 for Valdez to fight on ESPN. And then, assuming he wins that fight, then we would put him in with the Frampton-Warrington winner.

“I’ve already talked to Frank Warren about that.”

Valdez (Pictured above by Mikey Williams), 27, suffered a broken jaw when he outpointed Scott Quigg in March that has kept him sidelined since that win.

There had been speculation he may have boxed Frampton in August. But he hadn’t recovered from his injury in time.

Valdez warned Warrington and Frampton: “I want to prove I’m the best featherweight in the world.”


IBF world featherweight champion Josh Warrington takes on former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton.

The fight happens at the Manchester Arena on December 22nd live on BT Sport Box Office. JJ Metcalf will defend his WBC International super-welterweight title against Liam Williams in support of the main event. While Mark Heffron will challenge for the British middleweight title.

Belfast’sblue-chipp featherweight prospect Michael Conlan (9-0) also features on the bill along with world flyweight title challenger Paddy Barnes (5-1). Unbeaten Light Heavyweight contender Steven Ward (9-0). also features. Merseyside will be represented as Liverpool’s 9-0 Welterweight prospect Sam Maxwell returns to action on the show. Along with Formby’s 6-0 Heavyweight Alex Dickinson. And Derbyshire’s highly touted Cruiserweight Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey.

Tickets are priced at £50 Upper Tier, £80 Tier, £100 Tier, £150 Tier, £200 Floor/Tier, £300 Floor, £400 Floor, £600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality and are available. Tickets available via Eventim.