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Josh Warrington: I'm gutted for unlucky Frampton but he'll be back

 

Setback: Carl Frampton suffered the heartbreak of having to pull out of this weekend’s fight due to a freak injury
Setback: Carl Frampton suffered the heartbreak of having to pull out of this weekend’s fight due to a freak injury
Josh Warrington

By David Charlesworth

Josh Warrington says he feels Carl Frampton's pain after the former two-weight world champion was forced to postpone his bout in the US against Emmanuel Dominguez because of a "freak accident".

A large ornament in a hotel lobby fell on Frampton's left hand, fracturing his fifth metacarpal, and Warrington expressed sympathy for his former foe.

The Belfast man was due to fight this weekend for the first time since losing to Warrington in December but now the 32-year-old, who had hinted he may retire after his loss in Manchester, is looking at going straight for a world title fight.

Warrington said: "I'm devastated for him. Your career is short and I think he was looking to get this fight done then put himself into a position to fight for a world title again.

"That's all been delayed so it could be a year before he's out again from the last fight which was against me. It's a long time out and to come straight back into the high level as well, it doesn't do you any favours. I'm gutted for the lad but let's hope that he can get something."

Warrington admitted he "had a bit of a sulk and a bit of a moan" as his hopes of a unification bout were dashed for now but the Leeds fighter hopes his patience will eventually be rewarded.

The IBF featherweight champion was eyeing fights against the division's three other titlists after squeaking past mandatory challenger Kid Galahad in June - with WBO belt holder Oscar Valdez top of his wish list.

Valdez, though, has decided to relinquish his strap and move up a weight class while a bout against Gary Russell Jr or Leo Santa Cruz - holders of the WBC and WBA crowns respectively - was not forthcoming. Warrington, who has won all 29 of his professional contests to date, will therefore make the third defence of his world title against unheralded Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht on October 12 at the First Direct Arena in his hometown.

He said: "I had a bit of a sulk and a bit of a moan about the fact it's not happened, slagged all the other fighters off.

"For my own personal highlight reel, to have the fight with Valdez or Santa Cruz, I just know it would be a fantastic fight so I'm disappointed it couldn't happen. All I've got to do is keep winning, winning in style and hopefully patience will prevail."

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