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Carl Frampton delivers prediction for Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington world title bout

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Carl Frampton expects the older man to win this weekend’s WBA featherweight title bout between champion Leigh Wood 27-3 (16) and challenger Josh Warrington 31-2-1 (8) at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England this Saturday night.

Nottingham’s Wood, 35, might be three years older than former two-time IBF featherweight champion Warrington of Leeds, but retired former two-weight world champion Frampton believes he is the fresher fighter.

“I don’t think there is a massive favourite but I think Wood’s freshness is enough to get him a win,” Frampton told Metro.co.uk.

“I really respect Josh and his dad [Warrington’s trainer, Sean O’Hagan] but Josh looks to be at the stage of his career that I was when I going in to fight him going in towards the back end.

“I am not saying I was finished or he is finished, but maybe slightly past our best. I just fancy Leigh for those reasons.

“When you’re in wars, it can almost be an overnight thing, from turning in a decent performance to being done just like that. I am not saying that is the case, but it slows you up when you spar hard and fight hard like Josh does. There is only a certain shelf life you are able to do that for.”

Wood has already flagged a potential move up in weight if he comes away victorious, with promotional stablemate and IBF super featherweight champion Joe Cordina 16-0 (9) one potential option.

The undefeated 31-year-old Welshman is slated to defend his title for the second time against American Edward Vazquez 15-1 (3) at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin in Monte Carlo on November 4.

As for Warrington, the one thing that has eluded him throughout his successful career is the chance to box in the United States. If successful against Wood, it is expected that he will pursue this bucket list item with vigour and enthusiasm.

But if he loses against Wood, Frampton says he doesn’t expect to see Warrington in a prize ring again.

“Josh has had an unbelievable career,” Frampton said. “I think if he loses, there is a good chance he walks away. He has got young kids, he has made enough money and could walk away happy and confident with what he has achieved in the sport.

“There is one thing that would keep Josh around if he did lose and that would be a fight in the US. I know he has wanted that for a while and I would love for him to get that. Beat Leigh Wood and then go and unify against someone in America and bring your crazy Leeds fans to the States.

“I would like that to happen for him because he has always wanted that.”

Wood vs Warrington will be broadcast live on DAZN.