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Carl Frampton considers boxing future after Warrington defeat

'I've a young family at home,' says the Jackal

Carl Frampton says he will consider his future in boxing after his world title defeat to Josh Warrington at the Manchester Arena.

The Belfast boxer came through an epic 12-round clash with the reigning IBF World Featherweight champ only to be beaten 'fair and square'.

Speaking in the ring after the Leeds man's hand was raised rather than his own, Frampton admitted that he would now consider whether or not to continue in the sport.

"I'll have to sit down with my team," he said. "I have a young family at home and I've been in this game a long time. I'll have to sit down with my team, I'll not make any decisions right now."

It's Frampton's second defeat in 28 professional fights. He was, of course, beaten by Leo Santa Cruz in January 2017 before working his way back to tonight's world title fight with three victories.

He made no excuses for the defeat as Warrington's unbelievable work-rate wore down his opponent.

"Josh won the fight fair and square," said the Jackal. "I came in and fought my heart out. No excuses from me. I was in incredible shape and I hope Josh goes on and unifies the division. It wasn’t my night.

"I was fit, I was strong but Josh was fitter and stronger and that's the bottom line.

"I was hurt a number of times in the fight. Whoever says Josh can’t punch, I don’t know what they’re talking about. I didn't underestimate him but he's even better than I thought. He is clever, he had a brilliant game-plan, he's fit and tough. And he can punch hard. He has it all."

Warrington will now target a fight against WBO champion Oscar Valdez in a bid to unify the featherweight division.

Carl Frampton was beaten by Josh Warrington.
Carl Frampton was beaten by Josh Warrington.
Josh Warrington celebrates winning the World Featherweight Championship against Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (right) and Carl Frampton embrace after the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton embrace after the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Josh Warrington punches Carl Frampton during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action.
Josh Warrington (right) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (right) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (right) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Christine Frampton, wife of Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Christine Frampton, wife of Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Josh Warrington (left) and Carl Frampton in action in the World Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Carl Frampton punches Josh Warrington during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Josh Warrington punches Carl Frampton during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Josh Warrington punches Carl Frampton during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Josh Warrington punches Carl Frampton during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Josh Warrington punches Carl Frampton during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Josh Warrington punches Carl Frampton during the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton makes his way to the ring prior to the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Josh Warrington makes his way to the ring prior to the IBF World Featherweight Championship title fight between Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena on December 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Michael Conlan wins the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan wins the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan wins the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (left) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (right) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (right) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (left) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (right) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (left) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (left) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (left) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Conlan (left) and Jason Cunningham compete in the WBC Intercontinental Featherweight Championship at Manchester Arena. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 22, 2018. See PA story BOXING Manchester. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The reigning champion was full of praise for his defeated opponent after the fight.

"There has been full respect throughout and the shaking of hands shows what a top sportsman he is. Carl Frampton will go down as one of the best featherweights and super-bantamweights there has ever been. It's just an honour that I've shared a ring with him.

"I gave Carl a lot of credit but he's deserved it. You've got to be clever with a thinking fighter like Carl. I said I had many game-plans and I saw a chance I was going to take it. I hit him with some corking shots and he took them. He's a very, very hard man. We did what we had to do and hopefully now people will take note of what we're about."

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