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Carl Frampton: I'll make it a cracker

Frampton determined to finish his worst year on a high note

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton has promised to exorcise the demons of his self proclaimed worst year in boxing when he clashes with Mexican Horacio Garcia at the SSE Arena in Belfast tonight.

This year started with Frampton losing his WBA world featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz and was then followed by the frustration of a series of title fights falling through before then suffering a 24-hour cancellation of his homecoming in July and a subsequent split from manager Barry McGuigan.

Now with new promoter Frank Warren and coach Jamie Moore on board, Frampton is out to fire up his Jackal Army of supporters and prove he is taking them once more on a journey to the top of world boxing as he steps back into a Belfast ring for the first time in almost three years.

"This has been the worst year of my career, it's been very tough at times and now I have the chance to put all that behind me and finish 2017 on a high. It's a crucial fight for me, it's my first fight on BT Sport and I want to show that the best is yet to come," said Frampton. "I'm ready to make a big statement. I want to show I'm the best featherweight in the world.

"Back fighting in Belfast is so special for me and returning to the Jackal's Den where I've never lost is going to be great. I get goosebumps thinking about it. I've won all my fights there by stoppage and I'd love to keep that pattern going."

As for fellow Belfast man Jamie Conlan's shot at IBF World super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, who is promoted by legend Manny Pacquiao, Frampton believes an upset is on the cards.

"I believe the bookies have got it wrong. Jamie's the underdog but I just have a feeling he is going to do it," added Frampton.

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