Carl Frampton has sparked a war of words with IBF Featherweight Champion, Josh Warrington, by claiming his domestic rival is not in the same league.
Warrington is likely to make the first defence of his title against Frampton later this year in what could be an enthralling contest.
Frampton, fresh of his dominant performance against Australia’s Luke Jackson remarked on the potential showdown with Warrington in his Sunday Life column earlier this month.
“It has to be realised that Warrington’s best win has been against a weight-drained (Lee) Selby who has left featherweight and gone to lightweight for his return which tells you a lot.
“Warrington still couldn’t get rid of him and I would also look back to the trouble he had with Kiko Martinez who was done.”
“I would say that some people see it as a more difficult fight than maybe they first thought a year ago — including myself, mainly because of the fact he has beaten Selby so I will have to be physically and mentally at the top of my game.
“It would be a huge moment for me to become world champion again having been written off by so many people after the loss to Leo Santa Cruz and everything else I’ve been through over the past couple of years.”