15 of the best photos from Josh Warrington's historic victory over Carl Frampton

Leeds boxer Josh Warrington successfully defender his IBF featherweight title on Saturday night with an epic points victory over Carl Frampton in Manchester.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 8:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:00 pm
Warrington v Frampton

Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Steve Riding was on hand to capture all the crucial moments from a historic evening.

1 - Saturdays fight was the 28th of Warringtons career and his second world-title contest. Carl Frampton was in a world-title bout for the seventh time.
2 - After speculation that Frampton was struggling to make the featherweight limit, the 31-year-old weighed in a fraction under nine stone.

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3 - Leeds United captain Liam Cooper joined Warrington on his ringwalk.
4 - Warrington had promised beforehand that he would go looking for a knockout if the opportunity presented itself. He had Frampton in serious trouble in the very first round.
6 - Frampton had never been stopped in his previous 27 fights and had suffered just one defeat, to Leo Santa Cruz in January 2017. He admitted that Warrington hurt him a number of times.
5 - Frampton looked set to drop under massive pressure in the round two, with Warrington saying later that he thought hed have him on the Guiness in a minute.
7 - Warrington dominated the early rounds and was well ahead on the scorecards at the halfway stage. A small cut opened up under Framptons left eye in round three.
9 - With perfect 28-fight stats, Warrington now has the longest unbeaten record of any fighter in the UK.
8 - Frampton found a way to get back into the fight in rounds eight and nine but could not maintain the pace and came under renewed fire as the final bell drew near.
15 - Frank Warren quickly killed the idea of an all-Yorkshire clash with the IBFs mandatory challenger Kid Galahad, saying the Sheffield fighter was bottom of the list.
12 - Warrington is likely to head to America for his next bout. Promoter Frank Warren admitted that a clash with Mexican Valdez was highly likely - and called Warrington the best featherweight in the world.
13 - Warrington revealed afterwards the he had fractured his right hand in the middle rounds.
10 - Warrington stands as the UKs number one featherweight and has been installed as mandatory challenger for Oscar Valdezs WBO belt after the victory in Manchester.
14 - Frampton was surprised by Warringtons power. Anyone who says Josh cant punch, I dont know what theyre talking about, the Belfast boxer said.
11 - Frampton said he would consider his next move and potentially his future as the end of a sapping loss. Warringtons father and trainer, Sean OHagan, insisted Frampton was not done yet.