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Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton Betting Odds and Prediction

Warrington vs Frampton Betting Odds

The IBF featherweight title is up for grabs as current champion Josh “The Leeds Warrior” Warrington stands toe to toe with challenger Carl “The Jackal” Frampton at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on December 22. Warrington is making his first defense of the IBF title and is a +160 underdog with Frampton coming back at -200.

Odds Analysis

This is the second straight fight in which Warrington has opened as an underdog, as he opened as a +300 dog when he won the IBF featherweight title against Lee Selby in May via split decision. Meanwhile, Frampton opens as the favorite for the fifth consecutive time – he won four of those fights, with the loss coming in his rematch against Leo Santa Cruz via majority decision after he won their first bout in the same fashion.

Since Frampton has dropped down from super featherweight to featherweight, he has impressive wins over Nonito Donaire and Luke Jackson, so it’s not surprising that he’s the favorite heading into this bout.

Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton

Frampton (-200) is a calm fighter who has the ability to slowly march his opponents down, pawing away with his left hand while looking to land with his powerful right. When The Jackal backs his opponents into a corner, he doesn’t give them plenty of room to circle away as he plants himself just out of striking range, engaging only when he wants to. As the fight wears on, Frampton likes to get a little hop in his step and he picks up the pace with heavier shots and becomes a little more active.

This was on full display in his last bout vs Luke Jackson when he defended his interim WBO featherweight belt after Jackson’s corner threw in the towel in the ninth round. The Northern Ireland native has a 26-1 record with 15 wins coming by knockout, while his only loss came via majority decision in the aforementioned WBA super featherweight title rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

Warrington (+160) is laying his perfect 27-0 record on the line as he makes his first IBF featherweight title defense. The Leeds Warrior won the belt in May after earning a split-decision win over Lee Selby, although it appeared Warrington clearly won the fight – don’t let the split confuse you. The 28-year-old has very good head movement, slipping punches and then pushing his opponents back with powerful strikes of his own. Warrington is more of a counter fighter, constantly holding a high guard until he finds openings where he can throw a flurry of punches.

He does a great job keeping his foes honest as any time they drop their hands to grab a little breath, he fires a jab down the pipe with tremendous accuracy. The England native does have a good ability to bully his opponents against the ropes where he can get very active. His punches don’t have tremendous pop behind them, though, as only six of his 27 professional wins have come by knockout.

This is a perfect matchup between a counter-striker and a fighter who likes to cut down the size of the ring and get into a brawl. Warrington has a great ability to keep his feet planted and cause his opponents to miss thanks to lightning-quick reflexes and fantastic head movement, while if Frampton is pressured he typically backs out of the danger until he can march his foes down again. If Warrington’s punches don’t get the respect from Frampton early, then I think he will land at will with confidence and will put The Leeds Warrior away.

Prediction: Carl Frampton (-200) via decision

Josh Warrington vs Carl Frampton Betting Odds
Josh Warrington+160
Carl Frampton-200

Odds as of December 21 at Bovada