Josh Warrington believes he has proved himself a worthy world champion after claiming a unanimous points win over Carl Frampton.
The IBF featherweight holder was the underdog heading into Saturday’s bout in Manchester but the Leeds fighter was immediately on the front foot, rocking Frampton in the opening round.
His opponent responded by enjoying greater control in the middle rounds but Warrington maintained his momentum.
Two judges scored the fight 116-112, with the other scoring 116-113 and a unification bout with WBO champion Oscar Valdez now looks on the cards.
Having come out on top in what was one of the fights of the year, the 28-year-old, who is now 28-0 for his career, feels he is now justified in his belief that he belongs amongst the best.
“My hands are sore and I’ve got bruises on my head but I’ve done it. I’ve shown what I’m about,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “If you had said last year that I would’ve beaten Lee Selby and Carl Frampton back to back, people would’ve laughed in your face.
“I think I earned his respect as soon as I hit him, but it was always about controlling the pace. I’ve always had self-belief and I’ve had it for a long time. “I don’t feel pressure now once I get into a building because I get this massive energy from somewhere. Once I’m in there, I feel I can’t be beaten.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.