Josh Warrington’s power
Frampton has pointed out one of the most glaringly obvious stats: Josh is not a big puncher. Relying more on work rate, combined with a fierce engine to wear his opponents down, Warrington is not likely to spark anyone with a single shot, but his abilities are not to be underestimated. Former Warrington opponent Martin Lindsay said recently that Warrington may not be the hardest hitter, but his accuracy and consistency takes a toll to such an extent that the punches can be felt.
On Josh’s punch power, Frampton commented: “He’s said he’s going to knock me out and he doesn’t need to say that. It is a bit of an outrageous comment coming from a guy who’s had as many knockout wins (six) as I’ve had world title fights. I don’t think he needed to say that.”
Jamie Moore says Selby win was Warrington’s big night
While the fighters will be the main ones duking it out in the big Manchester headliner, both trainer’s have also had plenty to say. Warrington’s father and coach, Sean O’Hagan, questioned Jamie Moore’s decision to travel to New York with Rocky Fielding given that Carl’s big night is looming. Frampton is an experienced campaigner, however, so that is unlikely to faze him.
Former pro, Moore, (who won the European title during an all-action career that should’ve resulted in at least one world title opportunity) believes that Josh’s May 19 IBF title win over Lee Selby was the peak of the Leeds man’s career. Will Josh, 28, be able to replicate that performance on Saturday night?
Not according to Moore: “I think Josh raised his game. That was the night he looked for in the whole of his boxing life. From being a kid he would have wanted to win a world title and hopefully had it at Elland Road,” said Jamie.
“I think Lee Selby was probably his big night – I’ve got to be honest. Was Lee dead at the weight? No. Absolutely not, because he wouldn’t have made it through 12 rounds. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. Was he tight at the weight? Yes. But, a lot of fighters are tight at the weight.
Moore did concede: “I don’t think you can take away from Josh’s performance by saying Lee was dead at the weight.”
Frampton seeks Hall of Fame
Carl Frampton is at the stage of his career where legacies are being built and cemented. The Belfast boxer has also mentioned potential moving up in weight before his career draws to a close
“If I unify at featherweight I will have done it in two divisions, and I would be in the argument for Ireland’s greatest fighter,” he said.
“I want to do that and define my legacy. I would like to have a go at super-featherweight. I haven’t got the dimensions to go too many divisions up, but I can maybe tackle Super-Featherweight. Myself and Steve Collins are Ireland’s only two-weight World champions. If you become a champion in a third weight division, that is Hall of Fame stuff.
“I’d love to be in the Hall of Fame. I’m still a bit off, but I would love to win a few more big fights and get a call one day saying; ‘You’ve been inducted.’”
Defining a legacy isn’t the only motivating factor for Carl who is boxing hard to secure his family’s future as well as firing shots back at any doubters who have written him off as a spent force.
Billy Joe Saunders returns
Not quite the glorious return for Saunders but at least he’s back in the ring. Opponent Zoltan Sera will pose no problems; the Hungarian should be just an available body to ease Saunders’ rust-shedding exercise. There can be no further slip-ups for Billy Joe. Outside of the ring exploits are threatening to curtail an excellent career from moving to the next level.
He must get back on track, push for another title shot and state his case as part of an exciting middleweight mix. Canelo is seeking a dance partner after dissecting Rocky Fielding, Golovkin has yet to sign a new TV deal, Charlo, Andrade, and other fringe contenders are available too. Now is the time for Saunders to strike.
A packed undercard
Mark Heffron contests the vacant British title against Liam Williams at middleweight. On paper, it’s a good scrap, given Williams’ pedigree. The Welsh co-challenger is moving up in weight though, while Heffron is a big, strong, heavy-hitting contender. Heffron has been sparring former Williams conqueror Liam Smith in preparation. Heffron’s size and power should make all the difference. It is likely we will see him crowned as the new champion.
Heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman was expecting to step-up in levels against Alex Leapai, but the Aussie hardman is out. Razvan Cojanu was set to box Daniel Dubois in Brentwood last week until Dubois fell ill. Razvan has now stepped in to take on Gorman. Cojanu went the distance with former sparring partner Joseph Parker when the New Zealander held the WBO strap. Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz exposed the Romanian’s true levels when they met recently. Gorman isn’t too physically pleasing but has skills. Stopping Cojanu would be a statement.
Michael Conlan should have too much for Jason Cunningham. That one could go the distance though.
Martin Murray versus Hassan N’Dam would’ve been a decent scrap five years ago. It’s still decent undercard fare despite both being on the slide. Veteran Murray believes that he can make it sixth time lucky and finally snare that elusive world title.
“I don’t want this to end, so it is keeping me focused, although it (retirement) is there and I know it is going to happen. I don’t want it to end so I am training as hard as I can and as smart as I can as well,” said Murray.