Carl Frampton: Taking Warrington's world title means more than money
Carl Frampton insists tonight's clash with IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington is all about him sealing a legacy for decades to come.
The hungry Jackal is seeking to become a 9 stone world champion again, almost two years after losing his WBA belt to Mexican rival Leo Santa Cruz and says it would be a special feeling to have his hand raised in triumph at the Manchester Arena.
"After I beat Luke Jackson at Windsor Park, Warrington's dad leaned across the ring, fist-pumped and said: 'Now we can go and earn some real money', but this isn't about money for me, this about going down as the greatest Irish fighter ever and becoming a two-time featherweight champion would go a long way to securing that accolade," said former champion Frampton.
"Winning this title could well mean more than anything else I have achieved so far just because I've had to wait two years for another world title shot and because I know many people have written me off.
"But I can assure all my fans who are travelling over and those watching on BT Sport that I am bringing the world title belt back to Northern Ireland."
Only a few ounces separated the two fighters on the scales at yesterday's weigh-in which saw Frampton receive a tumultuous reception from those fans who had arrived early and many of the Mancunians, who are backing him to defeat Leeds Warrior Warrington.
The 31-year-old Belfast fighter pumped his fist in the air and said he was relishing the opportunity to once again rule the world.
"The way Warrington was wanting to talk to me at the face-off, I think the nerves are starting to get to him, he's starting to realise what he has let himself in for. I just know I'm in great shape and winning this title will set me up for unification fights in 2019," added Frampton.
"He even looked smaller than he did at the press conference. He must have been wearing high heels earlier in the week!
"This title is going to be for myself, for my family and a nod to all the fans who never stopped backing me after the loss to Santa Cruz.
"I will do whatever it takes to win this belt. I'm the better fighter in every department."