Carl Frampton refuses to rule out retirement after defeat to Josh Warrington

Reuters  JASON CAIRNDUFF

"I've been involved in boxing 40 years but that for me is the best title fight I've seen in a British ring", Warren said.

"But Warrington and Frampton are true A List fighters".

After years trying to position himself with the elite at his weight, he is something close to the biggest draw. He has an unbelievable work rate. Warrington unexpectedly won the title from Lee Selby after judges came to a split decision in favour of the Leeds Warrior after coming into the fight as an underdog. Warrington did not leap into a big pond in order to fry small fish.

He said: "I think if you have that feeling you do lose your edge, that bit of fire". "Just bring them on".

Both fighters talked each other up inside the ring after treating the fans to one of the fights of the year.

Carl Frampton will go toe-to-toe with Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena tonight.

Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs), the WBA champion, and Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs), the WBO titleholder, both from Mexico, are Warrington's targets next year after his relentless pressure fighting overcame Frampton in a ferocious battle at Manchester Arena. Warrington started 2018 with the reputation of an upstart. "I've trained 12 weeks like a demon". It was, when it mattered, time well spent.

Carl Frampton's fighting days may be over.

. "He outfought me and outboxed me", conceded Frampton, who sustained a cut under his left eye in the opening rounds.

Warrington got off to a dream start as he rocked Frampton to the core in the first round.

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"It was just not my night, I was fit and strong but Josh was fitter and stronger".

Conlan, 27, now has 10 wins from 10 fights and almost got the job done inside the distance with a number of crushing blows in the final round, but a very fearless and gallant Cunningham deserved to hear the final bell, and did, but was on the losing side of the decision.

Frampton survived but he could not defuse the onrushing Warrington.

Was that genuinely Warrington's plan; to seek a first career stoppage of Frampton before the second round was over? "He never bloody listens".

"I was over there in Vegas when Carl boxed Santa Cruz".

An accidental head clash in the final round gave Frampton a sizeable bump on his forehead and he was the more marked up at the end of the 12 rounds, leaving little doubt to who was the victor at the final bell. But I can't pretend that it (Warrington's onslaught) didn't set the tone. A blatant and brutal attempt to harm Warren's first primetime pay-per-view event on BT Sport. It was, he said, reminiscent of the 1995 bout between Nigel Benn and Gerald McClellan, a night which saw McClellan suffer awful brain injuries and which the renowned journalist, Hugh McIlvaney, called "one of the most brutal fights any of us at ringside had witnessed". Because that is British boxing at its best.

"I was hurt a number of times in the fight. he won the fight fair and square". "I felt like like it could be one more shot".

"Carl is a tough, tough man", he said. But he couldn't summon the energy to turn the tide and Warrington would not be stopped.

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