‘The Jackal’ made a clash at the home of his beloved Northern Ireland football team a big stipulation of his contract talks with promoters following his split with the McGuigans.
Having witnessed a Belfast fight night in full swing on Saturday just gone, any doubts the promoter had of going to a stadium in Ireland should have evaporated.
Such is the draw of the former two-weight World champion that it should make business sense and increasing on the sensational atmosphere of ‘Frampton Reborn,’ which played out in front of a 9,000 in the SSE Odyssey Arena, would certainly be something broadcasters BT Sport should be open to.
Warren was certainly more than open to the after post watching Frampton beat the game Horacio Garcia, announcing his desire to do Windsor in the ring directly after the fight and reconfirmed under when speaking to the media after the clash.
The plan seems to be another fight in late Spring, which could be a World title fight if possible, and then a wonderful Windsor bash in August.
“We don’t want him being out now until summer, so he’ll have another fight in March or early April, and then we’ll be in Windsor Park for the big one. That’s what we promised to do and we’re going to bring it here,” pledged Warren.
As one of the big names and draws in the division Frampton has options, but it seems most likely he will fight the winner of Lee Selby and Josh Warrington’s proposed IBF featherweight world title fight.
Frampton has constantly spoke of his desire to face Leo Santa Cruz in a rubber match, however Warren was keen to stress that the WBA champion was not the only target.
“We’re not going to hang around, waiting for Santa Cruz,” said the veteran promoter.
“Josh is fighting Lee Selby in April or May. In the meantime, Carl needs to keep busy. He’s just got the ring rust off after 10 months out of the ring.”
What is certain is Frampton won’t be sole match maker for his next clash. To his credit one of Ireland’s greatest ever wanted to return with some form of test and, with 100 percent say over who he fought, he picked a familiar fighter that had never been stopped that would provide value for money for the fans.
Warren admitted he wasn’t overjoyed with the selection of Garcia as an opponent and all involved indicated it will be a team effort moving forward.
“I thought Carl, 10 months out of the ring, was a tough opponent. I didn’t pick him. I would have picked an easier guy because he had been out of the ring for a while and he had all those problems in between.”
“But the bottom line is that he did what he had to do, he dug deep. That will stand him in good stead and we will come back in the new year.”