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Carl Frampton: I am fighting to see my name back in Vegas lights

 

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton says victory on Saturday can spark a path that leads to another blockbuster night in Las Vegas. The Belfast man came up short against Leo Santa Cruz at the MGM Grand six months ago, losing his World title on the biggest stage of his career, and he is keen to put the record straight.

"I feel like I've unfinished business in Vegas. It's the boxing capital of the world and I want to go back there and deliver on that stage," said Frampton, who returns to the ring this Saturday night against Mexican Andres Gutierrez at Belfast's SSE Arena.

After two and a half years on the road, Frampton (right) is delighted to be boxing again in his home city, and he still has the burning desire to headline at Windsor Park. But a second night in Vegas also remains on his hit-list.

"I'm going to Vegas next month for the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight, so that should be fun, but at some stage I would want to be headlining again there and there's a lot of big fights in the featherweight division."

Plotting his route back to such a stage, the 30-year-old must first deal with Gutierrez and then an expected World title clash with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby.

Manager Barry McGuigan said: "A fight with Selby would be great, but it can only get done if we can agree terms. The Selby camp have to realise that Frampton is the one who brings the television, he's the box office attraction, so if everyone is realistic then I'm sure we can do a deal.

"But we're not looking past Gutierrez because this is the chance of a lifetime for him. This is his World title fight so Carl has to be right on it from the start."

Read more: Frampton v Gutierrez: McGuigan expecting Carl to show his title hunger

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