Santa Cruz and Santa Claus – Carl Frampton outlines three-fight plan under Frank Warren


Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has got his next three fights mapped out in his head as he enters into his new relationship with promoter Frank Warren.

‘The Jackal’ was officially unveiled as a Queensberry fighter this morning in Belfast ahead of his comeback fight on Saturday November 18th.

No opponent has been confirmed for the card at the SSE Odyssey Arena, but Frampton is planning for it to be the first of three bouts in less than nine months.

The Belfast featherweight, who has not fought since losing his WBA title in a rematch to Leo Santa Cruz in January, will fight on November 18th, again in March, before finally fulfilling his Windsor Park dream during the Summer.

Outlining his plan, 30 year old Frampton stated that “I’m going to fight a few weeks before Christmas, I’ll probably hope to fight again around March.”

“I’ll take it one fight at a time, I fight here [November 18h] and I’d like to fight before Windsor as well. If that’s a world title shot, if a world title opportunity comes up then, I’d be happy to take it. If not, I’ll be happy to wait until Windsor.”

“I’m fighting at Windsor next year, and everyone needs to understand that. I got a guarantee from Frank and that’s what I want – to fight at Windsor Park. Frank is going to take me to Windsor,

In terms of his opponent for the Windsor clash, Frampton admits that “it needs to be a big name, there are loads of names.”

While one stands out, there are options and Frampton noted that “Santa Cruz – that is the fight I desperately want but you’ve got Selby, Gary Russell, Oscar Valdez, Josh Warrington. There are a lot of potentially huge fights for me but we’ll get to those boys the fight after next.”

This schedule also ensures for a first Christmas off in years, and family man Carl has big plans for the holiday season.

The Tigers Bay boxer described how “I’ll be able to chill out for the first time around Christmas in a long time. I always seem to be fighting early in the new year.”

“That’s important to me, I might bring the kids to Lapland, enjoy myself.”

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Joe O'Neill

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