Carl Frampton has warned IBF titlist, Josh Warrington, the best is yet to come ahead of their December 22 bout at the Manchester Arena.
In a mouth-watering showdown for the British public, the featherweights settle their bad blood in the ring on December 22 at the Manchester Arena under the Frank Warren banner.
“I genuinely believe I am in my prime years now. I thought it was a very good performance by Josh against Selby and he did what he had to do,” he said.
Frampton – who is bidding to become a three-time world champion – admitted he was surprised to see Warrington dethrone Lee Selby at Elland Road.
“He proved me wrong because I fancied Selby going into the fight like a lot of other people.
“You have to look at his game-plan as well because people think he just likes to come forward and throw lots of shots. The plan his team came up with was very good. But he had to carry it out and execute it. He did that to a tee and credit to him.
“I look at Selby and I knew he was really struggling with the weight and he had been for a while. I feel in that fight it caught up with him.
“You can tell from the fact that he is not coming back at super featherweight, but at lightweight. That tells you enough, but Josh did what he had to do.”
‘The Jackel’ has praised his opponent for agreeing to the clash. He believes it has all the ingredients of being a fight of the year candidate.
After his defeat to Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton linked up with Jamie Moore and has won three successive bouts. Including his points victory over Nonito Donaire.
The 31-year-old believes victory over Warrington will prove to be his finest win yet.
“Credit to him for taking this fight when he could have had a easier defence. But I agree there are not easy fights at world level, but he could have had an easier one. I think it is a big, big fight for British boxing and the biggest one of the year.
“This will be the sweetest world title because I’ve been written off. I genuinely believe I am back at my best. I understand that Josh isn’t Donaire or Luke Jackson. This is a tougher fight and I am expecting a tougher fight.
“He is full of confidence at the minute, but I believe I am a better fighter and I will prove it on the night. I feel like I have beaten better fighters than Josh already and I think that is going to be the difference.”
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Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95