Josh Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs) defended his IBF featherweight title with a thrilling unanimous decision over Carl Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) in front of a raucous crowd at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Leeds’ Warrington came in as the underdog, but he put in one hell of an effort by swarming the Northern Irish star with a slew of combination punches, high-octane flurries to the head and body, and a relentless pace.
Bloody Elbow scored the fight 116-112 Warrington, in line with two judges who had it 116-112, while the other judge had it 116-113 in favor of the champion.
Watch the highlights and post-fight interview below.
Here’s our commentary from round 2:
Round 2 - Time is called as there’s too much Vaseline on Warrington’s forehead. Warrington connects on a jab, Frampton answers to the body with a jab of his own. Sneaky left hook by Frampton on the counter. Right hand to the body is blocked and they clinch. Good right over the top by Frampton. Warrington with a jab and now he unloads the combination punching. Good body work by Warrington! Frampton might be hurt! Big shot by Frampton but Warrington is winging wild shots and he has Frampton on unsteady legs! Frampton holds on with 20 seconds left. Left hook by Frampton, Warrington rips him to the body as the round comes to a close. 20-18 Warrington.
Warrington comes out FIRING! #WarringtonFrampton pic.twitter.com/NdBs827npU— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 22, 2018
Warrington keeps up the pace in the 2nd! #WarringtonFrampton pic.twitter.com/e73jLVHLzv— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 22, 2018
Who should be next for @J_Warrington?#WarringtonFrampton pic.twitter.com/3nEZC3Ek34— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) December 22, 2018