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Frampton: I'm ready for the big boys at Windsor Park next summer

By Gareth Hanna

Carl Frampton is already looking forward to taking on 'a world champion' at Windsor Park next summer.

A world title fight was the vow of promoter Frank Warren after Frampton's win over Horacio Garcia in his return bout at the SSE Arena.

Warren, however, did warn that the Jackal will have to fight once more before then, with another bout set to be scheduled for March or April in the build-up to a potential fight with one of the world's top featherweight boxers.

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Frampton was given a scare by Garcia in Belfast, eventually winning by unanimous decision on points despite a strong performance by the Mexican in the middle rounds.

"That's got the rust off and the cobwebs are gone. Now I want one of the big boys," Frampton told BT Sport.

"I wanted a hard fight. I didn't want it to be too easy coming back.

"I think it was a good fight for the fans. Everyone will have enjoyed that more than me anyway. I got myself caught up in a fight. I was boxing lovely at the start, in the middle rounds I tried to fight him. I was doing good stuff in patches and then I let him drag me into a fight."

WBA featherweight champion Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz, WBC international belt-holder Josh Warrington and IBF champ Lee Selby were all discussed as potential opponents for next summer's potential World title fight.

"If I have to wait and get one of them at Windsor Park in the summer, that's what I want," said Frampton.

"Frank has promised me Windsor Park and I believe we can bring the biggest names in boxing to Belfast."

Promoter Frank Warren, also speaking on BT Sport, outlined the gameplan for Frampton:

"We're not going to hang around waiting for Santa Cruz," he said. "Josh (Warrington) is fighting Lee Selby in April or May. In the mean-time, Carl needs to keep busy. He's just got the ring-rust off after 10 months out of the ring. We don't want him being out now until summer so he'll have another fight in March or early April and then we'll be in Windsor Park for the big one. That's what we promised to do and we're going to bring it here."

Frampton also discussed his slip in round seven, when he went to the canvas and the referee gave the knock-down.

He said: "I slipped but on the way down he landed a shot so it was probably fair for him to call it a knock-down."

Frampton's trainer Jamie Moore said that Frampton can do "much, much better" than his first fight back but said it was "great preparation" for a world title fight next year.

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