Carl Frampton will take on Josh Warrington later this year as he attempts to steal the Leeds man’s world title.
It’s a fight to satisfy the appetite of the legions of boxing fans that follow both fighters. So here’s a quick run through the key details.
When is the fight? The bout has been penned in for Saturday, December 22, as we recently revealed.
Where is it? They’re sort of meeting in the middle (or not quite the middle). Warrington and his fans will make the 45 mile journey from Leeds while Frampton and his supporters will travel across the Irish Sea. They’ll all meet in Manchester, at the 20,000-capacity Manchester Arena.
When do tickets go on sale? Tickets will go on sale on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 12 NOON.
Where can I buy them? Tickets will be on sale via Ticketmaster here.
How much will they cost? Ticket prices range from a base rate of ¬£50, scaling up as high as ¬£600 for inner-ring VIP. Here’s the full price-list: ¬£50 Upper Tier, ¬£80 Tier, ¬£100 Tier, ¬£150 Tier, ¬£200 Floor/Tier, ¬£300 Floor, ¬£400 Floor, ¬£600 Inner Ring VIP Hospitality
Are there any limits? Tickets will be limited to nine per person / per credit card, so if you’re going with lots of mates, get a couple of people on purchasing duty.
Will it be difficult to get a ticket? Both fighters attracted 25,000 fans to their most recent fights (at Windsor Park and Elland Road respectively) so when the two come together at a 20,000 capacity arena…well, you can do your own maths.
Can I attend any pre-fight build-up? Funny you should ask, there’s a press conference on Thursday at 1pm in Belfast’s Clayton Hotel and the public are welcome.
Can I watch the fight itself on TV? You can, but it’s going to be pay per view this time as part of a new BT Sport Box Office service. Frampton’s previous three fights, against Horacio Garcia, Nonito Donaire and Luke Jackson, have all been available to watch on standard BT Sport channels, but this bout will move behind an additional paywall.
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‚ÄĒ Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) September 15, 2018
Can I order this fight without having standard BT Sport? Yes, you’ll be able to pay to watch Carl’s fight without signing up to the whole BT Sport package in addition. More information is available on the BT website here.
How much will it be to watch on BT Sport Box Office? They haven’t announced the details yet – but the Canelo v GGG bout cost ¬£16.95 last weekend so that’s a good ballpark figure to have in mind.
How do the fighters shape up? It’s certain to be the most competitive of Frampton’s fights since his return. He negotiated his way past his first three opponents with ease but now he’s up against a current world champ. Warrington, at 27, is four years Frampton’s junior. Both fighters have competed in 27 professional bouts, Warrington winning them all (six by KO) while Frampton, of course, has won 26 (15 by KO). Warrington is unexperienced as a champ – this is his first defence after taking the WBO World Featherweight belt off Lee Selby in May. Frampton is a former two-weight world king looking to get back on top.
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‚ÄĒ Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) September 15, 2018
What happens after the fight? Well if Carl’s beaten, that could well spell the end of his career. If he wins, his road back to the world summit is complete. And then his attention seems likely to turn to WBA champ Leo Santa Cruz and a deciding third bout between the duo.
What has Frampton said? ‚ÄúWarrington is unbeaten and is full of confidence but I just feel ‚ÄĒ as I said going into the Jackson fight ‚ÄĒ that I am a level above Warrington. It has to be realised that Warrington‚Äôs 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‚Äôt 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 ‚ÄĒ including myself, mainly because of the fact he has beaten Selby ‚ÄĒ so I will have to be physically and mentally at the top of my game.‚ÄĚ
What has Warrington said? ‚ÄúThe Frampton fight really appeals to me and it will be another big scalp for me. There were easier routes I could have taken like having a voluntary. (Beating) Frampton and Selby in the same year would be a massive achievement. It‚Äôs about keeping the momentum going and I just believe I can beat Carl. I am just as confident in beating Carl as I was beating Lee (Selby). These are fights that the British public want to see, I‚Äôm a world champion and when you are world champion you want to fight the best and Carl is a name who is up there.‚ÄĚ
Belfast Telegraph Digital