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Published: 11:44 | 19/12/18

Warrington happy being the underdog


Josh Warrington believes people have underestimated him ahead of his IBF featherweight title fight against Carl Frampton on Saturday night.

Warrington upset Lee Selby to win the IBF belt but, despite being the title holder, the Yorkshireman is the underdog heading into Saturday's bout at the Manchester Evening News Arena.

He is ok with the fact that people have Frampton as the favourite because intends to prove them wrong on Saturday night.

"Ye, and I feel like Carl is not the only one. I think many, many people underestimate me, and I don’t take it personally," Warrington replied when asked if he was being underestimated.

"People have their opinions but I think if the Lee Selby fight didn’t make people sit up and take notice, after I’m finished with Carl on December 22, they will definitely take note."

Warrington defeated Selby at Elland Road and he is looking forward to travelling to Manchester to take on Frampton, live on BT Sport Box Office.

"My first 15 fights were on the road, I’ve boxed away from home many times and at that stage of my career, when I was fighting for English titles away from home in my opponent’s backyard or my Commonwealth title away from home as a massive underdog, they were the biggest fights at that stage of my career so I was used to dealing with the pressure, dealing with being the away fighter and that comes with experience," he is quoted as saying in the Telegraph.

"Now I’ve been in big nights, I used to get excited about being the away fighter because you just want to turn round and silence their fans. But my last seven fights I’ve boxed at home and obviously for the last one I had a packed stadium behind me but I think this is going to be 50-50 in terms of noise level and I think it gets to a stage where you don’t need to rely on the crowd any longer.

"It’s a bonus to have them there but when the night comes it’s me and Carl so maybe for a more novice pro it may affect you but I don’t think it will make too much difference on the night."

Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton meet for the IBF Featherweight belt at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday, 22 December live on BT Sport Box Office. To subscribe visit www.eirsport.ie/ppv

Image: Getty Images/Nathan Stirk

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