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I can knock out any featherweight in the world, says confident Carl Frampton

By Gareth Hanna

Carl Frampton says he can knock out any featherweight in the World.

He makes his long-awaited return to boxing at the SSE Arena on Saturday night, taking on Mexican Horacio Garcia. It's his first fight since losing out to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas in January. But after changing his backroom team, linking up with promoter Frank Warren and coach Jamie Moore, Frampton says he can stop ANY featherweight in world boxing.

"I feel good," he said. " I don't know what it is but people are coming up in the street and talking about a spring in my step. I notice it and other people do too. I know that the best is yet to come. I've done a lot in my career. Some would say I've over achieved but I know I can become a world champion again. I know that I can beat any featherweight in the world on my day

"I've won all my fights at the SSE Arena by knock-out and that's what I'm hoping for on Saturday. Not to be disrespectful, but the way things are going, I can beat any featherweight in the world by stoppage."

When asked which fight Frampton would like to take on, providing he can get back to winning ways against Garcia on Saturday, he indicated that a rematch against Leo Santa Cruz was his 'number one' option, with Josh Warrington and Lee Selby also in his sights.

"Alll these fights interest me but Horacio Garcia is the only person on my mind at the minute," he continued. "If you want to stereotype, he's a typical Mexican fighter. He comes forward, he's agrressive, he punches hard. He's with a good team and he has a big entourage. I think they're expecting a good performance."

Saturday's fight will be the first time Frampton has taken to the ring in the SSE Arena since beating Chris Avalos there in February 2015. Winning all six of his previous fights at the venue by KO, he's glad to be back.

"I think that the atmosphere created in the SSE is the best in World boxing anywhere," he said. In terms of arena size, it's not the biggest. It holds around 9,000 but it sounds like it holds 30,000. It's a cauldron."

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