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What do we know about Carl Frampton's opponent Horacio Garcia?

By Gareth Hanna

Carl Frampton's opponent for his November 18 homecoming fight has been announced.

The 30 year-old will take on Mexican Horacio Garcia at the SSE Arena.

At last week's press conference, Frampton confirmed that he was still working on an opponent with new promoter Frank Warren.

It was announced as Garcia on Wednesday morning, just an hour before tickets were due to go on sale.

"This is a fight that really excites me,” said Frampton. “Garcia will definitely come and have a go. He’s a typical Mexican warrior, he’s tough and he’s game and he’ll try and put it on me in front of my home crowd.

"He has never been stopped in his career and has only lost to World class opposition, excluding the loss against Olguin. It will be good to get a fight in against a live opponent before I get one of the big boys in the new year.

"This fight has been a long time coming and it’s good to be back out in Belfast topping a double World Title bill that also features my good friend Paddy Barnes defending his WBO European title.

"It’s a great bill, probably the best bill that Ireland has ever seen, I don’t think people will criticise me too much for saying that. It’s a quality bill and to be topping it is a huge honour.

"I asked for a ten-round fight. I would have been happy to be doing twelve rounds but speaking to my team after the bad year I’ve had and the long layoff they thought it was only fair to come back with a ten rounder before we target the big names.”

What do we know about Horacio Garcia?

Garcia is 27, three years Frampton's junior and is a former WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title holder. He has won 33 of his 37 professional bouts, losing three and drawing once.

His last fight was on September 15, when he defeated Diuhl Olguin by total knock-out at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, getting his own back for a loss to the same boxer back in July.

He fought for the NABF Featherweight Title last year but was defeated by unbeaten champ Joseph Diaz.

How can I get tickets?

Tickets will go on sale AT NOON TODAY from ssearenabelfast.com or via the box office on 028 9073 9074.

On the same card, Jamie Conlan will fight current champion Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF super flyweight title and Paddy Barnes will defend his WBO European flyweight crown.

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