A few days after defeating Lee Selby to claim the IBF featherweight title in front of his home city crowd at the Leeds soccer ground new champion Josh Warrington has ruled out a first title defence against Irish rival Carl Frampton
Frampton is scheduled to fight again in August and that date would be a little too early for Warrington, especially after such a physical and mentally demanding fight such as against Selby
When asked if he would face Carl Frampton next in a massive British blockbuster Warrington told Sky Sports:" Probably not. I’ve just been through an 18-week camp and left the missus on her own for most of the time.
"I am a fighter and big fights like that attract me. I will speak with Steve (Wood) and Frank (Warren) and see what happens. But you’ve got to rest yourself not just physically but mentally as well. It’s hard work when you’re in the gym six days a week. You’ve got yourself up for the sessions and you’ve got to get up to 100 per cent.
Explaining further on Sky Sports Warrington added: "I always kill my body, so it’s just hard to get up and get out of bed and hit 100 per cent again. That takes a toll on you mentally, never mind all the media coverage and building up the fight.
"If I’ve got an option, or a chance, I’d rather have the time to be the best Josh Warrington I can be, rather than just slugging it out, because it’s what everyone else wants.