Carl Frampton has ridiculed the suggestion from IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington that he might look for an early night when the pair clash on December 22 at the Manchester Arena in the north of England.
Champion Warrington confessed that his only slight regret from his dismantling of then title holder Lee Selby at Elland Road in May was that he did not capitalise and attempt to force a stoppage when he had the Welshman tiring and cornered.
Warrington vowed to avoid a repeat against two-weight world champion Frampton and, if the opportunity presents itself, he intends to go for the jugular.
"I don’t like making predictions and I see a Josh Warrington win, but I am going to go for a stoppage this time," stated the Leeds Warrior last week. “If I see it I am going to go for it.
"Coming out of the Selby fight, if I was going to criticise myself or kick myself, I wish I had just pressed on. This time around, if I see the opportunity I am just going to go for it."
Frampton, for his part, was unimpressed with the thinking of his opponent and mocked the 27-year-old by posting his Boxrec page on Twitter, circling his record which shows six stoppages from his 27 unbeaten contests.
"He may take the pillows off then," added the Belfast hero in a caustic follow-up comment. Friendly fire aside, Frampton did agree in response to another poster that all eventualities are being catered for and he was ’preparing for a hard fight’.