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Frampton eyes next fight in Belfast – “We’ll get something sorted”

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Carl Frampton badly wants to fight in Belfast before 2016 is out.

The WBA featherweight champion is a hot property in World boxing following his upset win over Leo Santa Cruz last month, but ‘The Jackal’ would prefer to fight in his beloved home city rather than making the trip across the Atlantic again.

Whether this is feasible considering his rematch clause with Leo Santa Cruz – and the lack of an indoor venue in Belfast capable of hosting the event – remains to be seen, but the 29 year old is determined to box in the Titanic City this Winter.

Frampton has long talked of his desire to fight in Belfast at least once a year. However, his last three bouts have been abroad, with Stateside wins over Santa Cruz and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr as well as a unification triumph over Scott Quigg in Manchester – which admittedly was a home away from home considering the travelling support.

Speaking following his homecoming at Belfast City Hall last weekend, Frampton revealed that “I’ve had two fights on the road, three fights back-to-back in a row actually, so I really want the next one wants to be in Belfast.”

“It was special to go away from home and win it, but I want to fight at home now.”

“We’ll get something sorted. I’ve told the team I want at least one fight a year in Belfast, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie