House of Windsor- Stadium to become home of annual Frampton fight night

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Belfast fight fans could be walking in a Windsor wonderland once a year according to Frank Warren.

So happy is the promoter with how August 18 went that he wants ‘The Jackal’ to fight at the Stadium once a year.

Indeed, such is the promoters ties to a number of growing talent in the city and Belfast’s love affair with boxing that a Windsor event could be possible even after one of the biggest draws in boxing retires.

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“We’d like to make it an annual event. That’s what we’d like to do,” Warren said when Boxingscene asked him about Windsor Park and August 18.

Despite the lack of a world name as an opponent 25,000 packed into the venue to watch Frampton defeat Luke Jackson on a card that also had world title fight for Paddy Barnes and a Tyson Fury dust up-and not even poor weather could dampen their spirits.

“It was brilliant. A great atmosphere. Despite the weather it was brilliant, the fans got into that. It was just a fantastic atmosphere and they enjoyed themselves and that’s what we’re in the business for, to entertain.”

Barnes’ failure to become the quickest Irish fighter ever to win a world title meant it wasn’t celebration from start to finish, but Warren was happy with how the show went and like most showed sympathy to the double Olympic medal winners plight.

“Carl was a big favourite going into the fight (against Jackson), but I thought he put up a tremendous show of bravery and Carl did what he had to do. And Tyson getting ten rounds under his belt was good as was the undercard. Disappointed for Paddy but it was a tough call in your sixth fight going into a world title fight. But up until he got clipped, until he took that body shot, I thought he was doing well. I thought he was giving the fella problems but other than that it was a fantastic night.”

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