Carl Frampton and Josh Warrington set for IBF world title showdown in December
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Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton have agreed terms for an IBF world featherweight title fight in December, BBC Sport NI understands.
Details are expected to be confirmed next week, with 22 December believed to be the likely date.
The 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena is the preferred venue.
Leeds native Warrington became the first man from the city to claim a boxing world title with a split-decision win over Lee Selby in May.
He was ringside for Frampton's ninth-round stoppage of Australian Luke Jackson at Windsor Park last month.
"I have got a lot of respect for him," said Warrington. "But this is boxing and you want to fight the best."
The 27-year-old is undefeated in 27 fights since turning professional in 2009.
"Warrington is the easiest fight to make at the minute," said Frampton who, like Warrington, is promoted by Frank Warren's Queensbury Promotions.
The Belfast fighter, 31, has been without a world title since losing his WBA belt to Leo Santa Cruz in January 2017.
On Wednesday, Santa Cruz said he was hopeful a third bout with the Northern Irishman would take place next year.
Frampton has expressed his desire for such a fight on several occasions, having won the first meeting between the two in New York.
"If I go into the new year with a world title it makes the Santa Cruz fight much easier to make," said Frampton.
"Unification fights are always big. It would be a huge fight."
Got it completely wrong with JW and the Selby fight, but not this time. JW beat a fighter clearly struggling at the weight and CFs overall record has MUCH more quality about it
CF ko 6/7th round
By the way....when Frampton fought Quigg there two years the support from Northern Ireland (of which I was one) was highly praised by GMP for their good nature and behaviour.
But sure why let facts get in the way of your hate filled, bigoted, republican prejudices....
A prime example of why?
Because I hold a mirror up to your community and you don’t like it?
Who knows Knorr, who knows...
Obviously some serious issues there.
What is it
Can't hear you son, you'll have to speak up.
Would you speak up man? I can't hear you.
Carl Framton is a credit to his race, the human race. ( Not Black or White )
He wore an Antrim hurling teeshirt and got lambasted for it.
He's a man, unlike the keyboard cowards on here.
I respect his beliefs, his religion, his origin and the man.
Look in the mirror and ask youself if you are as good a man as Carl Frampton.
“Nothing against Carl Frampton and I usually route for him to win”
And I hope he wins this next one too.
I went to see him fight Martínez at the Odyssey a few years ago. Place was awash with sectarian flags and chants. A crowd from the Shankill trying to start trouble. Can’t go anywhere without ruining it for everyone.
I spoke to mcginty. He wants his goat back and feels like you should start looking at other species, like snakes, turtles or even F aliens.
Stop harrassing his goat.
Hope he wins
Take a deep breath and let it all out. There's a good boy.