carl frampton says he would be “very tempted” by josh warrington rematch

10:00    01 Jan 2019

File photo dated 27/02/16 of world champion boxer Carl Frampton
Former world champion boxer Carl Frampton says he would be “very tempted” by the prospect of a rematch with Josh Warrington.

The Northern Irishman was beaten by Warrington on December 22 at the Manchester Arena in a fight for the IBF World featherweight title.

Facing old rival and current WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz is another option that may sway the 31-year-old, who is considering retirement from the sport.

"I would be very tempted to fight again if I was offered a rematch with Warrington or a third fight with Leo Santa Cruz, I wouldn't go back to lesser fights,” he explained in writing for his column in the Sunday Life.

"But, now it's time for a holiday and a chance to hopefully let all the frustration ease away before seeing what the future holds.

"I'm aware that everyone wants to know whether or not I will fight on after losing to IBF World champion Josh Warrington and the truth is I don't know myself.

"I am caught in two minds. My wife Christine has naturally been very emotional after the fight because it was very hard for her to watch and she hopes that is us done with boxing but I know she will support me in whatever I decide to do. It's going to take me some time to come to a decision about my future and I feel it is only right that I am given the space to weigh everything up.

"When I look back to the fight in the Manchester Arena I obviously have regrets and feel there are things I could have done differently but at the same time I give a lot of credit to Warrington and his team because tactically they got it right and on the night everything fell into place for them. But, if I had a re-match with Warrington I believe I would beat him - if I stuck to my game-plan.

"For me this is the hardest loss that I have ever had to deal with. Losing to Leo Santa Cruz two years ago was tough but this is so much harder to take."

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