By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

Josh Warrington established himslef into a global stardom on Saturday night having upset the odds once again to defend his IBF title over Carl Frampton in an all-time classic fight of the featherweight division at the Manchester Arena in England.

The two combatants engaged in one of the contenders for fight of the year but in the end Warrington who finished impressively well against Lee Selby in May came on top on all three judges’ cards with a unanimous decision by two scores of 116-112 and one of 116-113.

The slugfest last night at the Manchester Arena was Warrintong’s first world title defense as he extended his unbeaten professional record to 27-0 whiles the former two-weight world champion [Carl Frampton] slipped to 26-2.

Frampton known to be tougher than teak was completely overwhelmed by Warrington’s speed and sheer volume of punches, culminating the 11th round with several furious one-two’s and uppercuts to the admiration of his enraptured fans, chanting ‘Marching on Together’ in a very loud voice.

Josh Warrington [left] goes strainght into the body of Carl Frampton
Josh Warrington [left] goes strainght into the body of Carl Frampton
“It takes two to make a fight like that,” Warrington said in a post match interview.

The Leeds Warrior – Josh Warrington could, however not hide his feelings for Frampton:

“I’ve always been a fan of Carl, and I’m still a fan now,” he noted.

The Brick Fists [Frampton] conceded defeat in good faith:

“I was in incredible shape coming into the fight, and the better man won. Josh was fitter and stronger, and that’s the bottom line.”

On the undercard, Billy Joe Saunders gave a very good account of himself picking a win in his first bout since vacating the WBO middleweight title, with late replacement Charles Adamu retiring on his stool at the halfway point of a scheduled eight-round contest.

Younger brother of former world heavyweight champion [Tyson Fury], Tommy Fury also made a winning start to his professional career with a 40-36 points victory over veteran Latvian Jevgenijs Andrejevs after four rounds.