Josh Warrington insists he is thriving on being underestimated by Carl Frampton, and boxing experts, as the Leeds fighter prepares to defend his International Boxing Federation featherweight title in Manchester on Saturday night.
"Yes, and I feel like Carl is not the only one. I think many, many people underestimate me, and I don’t take it personally," explained Warrington. "People have their opinions but I think if the Lee Selby fight didn’t make people sit up and take notice, after I’m finished with Carl on December 22, they will definitely take note."
The IBF Featherweight title is on the line as current champion Josh Warrington defends his belt against Northern Irishman Carl Frampton. In what started out as a professional relationship between the two has increasingly turned sour in the build-up to this encounter.
What TV channel will it be on?
This one is on BT Sport Box Office, costing £19.95. You can find out more information on how to watch it here.
What time is the fight likely to start?
Ringwalks will commence at approximately 10pm UK time, with the fight to be televised at the same time as the Dillian Whyte-Dereck Chisora bout shown on Sky Sports Box Office.
Warrington, still undefeated, is looking forward to being on the road after he won the title at Elland Road, in his native Leeds, in the summer. "My first 15 fights were on the road, I’ve boxed away from home many times and at that stage of my career, when I was fighting for English titles away from home in my opponent’s backyard or my Commonwealth title away from home as a massive underdog, they were the biggest fights at that stage of my career so I was used to dealing with the pressure, dealing with being the away fighter and that comes with experience.
"Now I’ve been in big nights, I used to get excited about being the away fighter because you just want to turn round and silence their fans. But my last seven fights I’ve boxed at home and obviously for the last one I had a packed stadium behind me but I think this is going to be 50-50 in terms of noise level and I think it gets to a stage where you don’t need to rely on the crowd any longer.
"It’s a bonus to have them there but when the night comes it’s me and Carl so maybe for a more novice pro it may affect you but I don’t think it will make too much difference on the night."
Remarkably, Warrington sees Frampton, a former two-weight world champion, as a chance to make history. "He's a bit of a stepping stone to be honest with you. That doesn’t mean I’m overlooking him or anything like that. If the fight has to be a barnstormer, then so be it but really I set my stall out now to go on and unify, just like Frampton has.
"The difference is, I think he’s had his time up there. And I’m just fresh on to the world scene now and I believe boxing is about timing. I’ve got momentum with me, in my stride at the moment coming off a big win obviously against Lee (Selby). I’ve set my stall out that my goal is now to go on next year and fight the likes of Oscar Valdez over in the States and the other big names. So it starts here, it starts on December 22."