By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

Undefeated IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington [27-0, 6 KO’s] will be looking to defending his title as he comes face-to-face with former two-division world champion – Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (26-1, 15 KO’s] on Saturday, December 22 at the Manchester Arena.

Whether the newly minted champion from Leeds, England [Warrington] will be able to add a marquee name to his record is just a matter of time.

looking to add a marquee name to his record at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN +

Here is what the two boxers had to say at the final press conference on Wednesday ahead of the fight:

Josh Warrington

“I’ve never said that he’s past his best. All I’ve said is you can’t judge the performances against {Nonito} Donaire, against {Luke} Jackson and against the other geezer he boxed in Belfast after a long layoff, to the ones against {Leo} Santa Cruz. That was when Carl was at the peak of his career. Every fighter has peak years, it’s a long career and it’s a long time to hold that level.”

“I want the big fights. I believe I’m capable of beating any featherweight. I want to fight the best and talk of unification excites me. I wouldn’t want a steady one after this one either. I want to go straight to the States and fight the likes of Oscar Valdez.”

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton

“There are people out there who have doubted me and people who think that I’m done, and this will be sticking the fingers up to them and saying there’s plenty left to give.”

“I think it’s been unjust because you look at the fights I’ve had – Quigg, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz – and I got beat (by Santa Cruz) in a close fight after beating him in the first fight, and people think I’m done.”

“I’ve had three fights [since the Santa Cruz defeat]. I’m not going to let anyone take it away from me. I want this title more than I’ve ever wanted a title.”

“Josh mentioned that he wants this more than me. I don’t know him. I don’t know how much he wants it, but it would be very hard to want it more than I want it.”

Other fights are as follows;

WBC silver middleweight champion Martin Murray (37-4-1, 17 KOs) will face former world champion Hassan N’Dam (36-3, 21 KOs) in a 12-rounder.

Former middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) will fight Zoltan Sera (32-17-1, 22 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round super middleweight contest.

Mark Heffron (21-0, 17 KOs) and Liam Williams (18-2-1, 13 KOs) will battle it out for the vacant British middleweight title.

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Nathan Gorman (14-0 11 KOs) will take a big step up in opposition against former world title challenger Razvan Cojanu (16-4, 9 KOs) in a 12-rounder.

Light heavyweight Tommy Fury, younger brother of Tyson Fury, will make his professional debut against Jevgenijs Andrejevs in a four-rounder.

Credit: Top Rank