Opponent announced for Carl Frampton homecoming

At last an opponent has been confirmed for Carl Frampton‘s homecoming fight.

The Jackal returns to Belfast on Saturday November 18th for a second stab at a homecoming in what will be his debut under new promoter Frank Warren.

It has been almost three years since Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] last fought at home, a February 2015 demolition of Chris Avalos, and the next month at the SSE Odyssey Arena will mark the first fight of a new stage in the Belfast featherweight’s career.

The press conference for the show – ‘Frampton Reborn’ – took place this day last week, but no opponent was officially announced.

With tickets going on general sale at noon today, a name has finally been revealed.

Frampton will face Horacio Garcia [33(24)-3(0)-1] in just under six weeks time.

The 27 year old from Guadalajara was outpointed over ten by top featherweight contender JoJo Diaz last year and moved down to super bantamweight where he traded wins with Diuhl Olguin. His only other loss came on points to three-weight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa

He returns to featherweight here for a ten rounder with Frampton.

Garcia is unranked by all the major governing bodies – although defeated WBO #14 Josue Veraza this year. Frampton is the WBC #1, the WBO #7, and #3 with the WBA and IBF.

The Ulsterman has not fought since losing his WBA title in a Las Vegas rematch with Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in January.

Since then he has seen a Belfast homecoming against Andres Gutierrez fall through in freak circumstances and has also split from the McGuigan family.

30 year old Frampton has assembled a new team with Warren as a promoter, Irish management outfit Mack The Knife Global as advisors, and Jamie Moore as his new trainer.

The card next month also sees Jamie Conlan challenge IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, Jono Carroll face Declan Geraghty in a Fight of the Year rematch, Paddy Barnes defend his WBO European flyweight belt, and Zolani Tete defend the WBO bantamweight title against Siboniso Gony.

Joe O'Neill

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