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New promoter Frank Warren wants to make Carl Frampton v Josh Warrington clash

Carl Frampton‘s new promoter Frank Warren is now the man tasked with bringing ‘The Jackal’ big fights and big paydays – and the veteran Englishman already has a match-up in mind.

While the four current champions – Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby, Óscar Valdez, and Gary Russell – are all on Frampton’s radar, Warren is also envisioning a clash of the new stablemates.

The Queensberry boss wants 30 year old Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] to face Leeds fan-favourite Josh Warrington somewhere down the line.

While Warrington [25(5)-0] doesn’t hold a belt, he brings a massive fanbase and – like Frampton with Windsor Park – the English boxer is constantly being linked with a stadium fight at Elland Road.

Warren wants either or both of the duo to claim world title honours before he considers pitting them together.

Frampton looks set finally to make his Belfast homecoming and Warren debut on Saturday November 18th.

26 year old Warrington faces Danish Olympian and former EBU champion Dennis Ceylan [18(8)-0-2] in an IBF eliminator at the First Direct Arena on Saturday October 21st.

Warren outlined that “when you add such a popular and talented character such as Carl to your roster, you cannot help but ponder a few potential fights that could come to fruition.”

“One that springs to mind – when one or both of them secure a world title – is a match with his now stablemate from Leeds.”

“Josh is a fantastic fighter and, you never know, down the road they could meet. ”

“They’ve both got a huge fanbase so can you imagine how big that fight would be in future. It would be a fantastic fight that would be great for boxing and great for them.”

For Warren, such a match-up would hark back to his glory days in the 1990s when he ruled the British boxing scene.

The Londoner noted how “it reminds me of the days when Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Joe Calzaghe and Steve Collins were with us and we made fights between them.”

“These boys will also want to be in the big fights to see who is best and ones where they can earn significant purses.”

“My job is to deliver them and I am looking forward to doing just that.”

Following Warren’s big link up with BT Sport last year Warrington would make the high-profile move across from rivals Matchroom.

In his first fight on the new platform back in May he edged past Kiko Martinez – who Frampton stopped for the EBU super bantamweight title in 2013 before outpointing him for the IBF title the following year.

Frampton confirmed yesterday his link-up with Warren, ending weeks of speculation following his split with Cyclone Promotions.

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