Warrington to defend title against Frampton in December

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After a stunning performance against Lee Selby, Josh Warrington will meet Carl Frampton with his IBF featherweight title on the line.
After a stunning performance against Lee Selby, Josh Warrington will meet Carl Frampton with his IBF featherweight title on the line.

Josh Warrington will defend his IBF featherweight title for the first time in December against Carl Frampton.

Warrington won the belt with a split decision defeat of Lee Selby in May and is undefeated in 27 fights.

But Frampton should provide a stern test for Warrington after promoter Frank Warren confirmed they will meet at Manchester Arena on December 22.

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The Northern Irishman lost the WBA crown in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in January 2017 but won the WBO interim title with a defeat of Nonito Donaire in April, successfully defending it with a technical knockout of Luke Jackson last month.

Warrington was ringside for that bout at Windsor Park and the pair met in the ring afterwards, and the Englishman now has the opportunity to prove himself once more against another of the division's best.

Warrington said: "The Frampton fight really appeals to me and it will be another big scalp for me.

"I went over to Windsor Park to watch Carl fight a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have gone over there if I wasn't interested in the fight. There were easier routes I could have taken like having a voluntary [defence]. Frampton and Selby in the same year would be a massive achievement."

Frampton, meanwhile, has eyes on unifying the division.

"I've done a lot more in my career than I thought I would have when I turned professional," he said. "I'm very proud of my career but I believe I still have more to give and want to keep going as long as I can. I will add my fourth world title and go on and unify again."

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