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Carl Frampton admits he would be tempted by chance to have a rematch with Josh Warrington

Big decision: Carl Frampton is weighing up his boxing future
Big decision: Carl Frampton is weighing up his boxing future
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Former world champion Carl Frampton says it will take some time before he can work out if his future remains in the ring, following his defeat at the hands of IBF World featherweight champion Josh Warrington.

The Belfast man, who will turn 32 in February, admits he would be "very tempted" by the offer of a rematch with Warrington or a clash with old rival, WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. Considering that Frampton's clash with Warrington was the UK fight of 2018, it would come as no great surprise if he was offered a return with the Leeds hero.

But Frampton, who headed off on holiday to Dubai with wife Christine and children Carla and Rossa, insists he is still coming to terms with the loss to Warrington and pondering his next move.

"I would be very tempted to fight again if I was offered a rematch with Warrington or a third fight with Leo Santa Cruz, I wouldn't go back to lesser fights.

"But, now it's time for a holiday and a chance to hopefully let all the frustration ease away before seeing what the future holds," wrote Frampton in his Sunday Life column.

"I'm aware that everyone wants to know whether or not I will fight on after losing to IBF World champion Josh Warrington and the truth is I don't know myself.

"I am caught in two minds. My wife Christine has naturally been very emotional after the fight because it was very hard for her to watch and she hopes that is us done with boxing but I know she will support me in whatever I decide to do. It's going to take me some time to come to a decision about my future and I feel it is only right that I am given the space to weigh everything up.

"When I look back to the fight in the Manchester Arena I obviously have regrets and feel there are things I could have done differently but at the same time I give a lot of credit to Warrington and his team because tactically they got it right and on the night everything fell into place for them. But, if I had a re-match with Warrington I believe I would beat him - if I stuck to my game-plan.

"For me this is the hardest loss that I have ever had to deal with. Losing to Leo Santa Cruz two years ago was tough but this is so much harder to take."

The Jackal remains one of the most marketable fighters on the planet such is the support that he generates.

"I'm just sorry that I couldn't have sent all my fans home happy. To hear the noise they made on the night and to see the amazing support on social media is humbling," he added.

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