I will fight at Windsor Park next summer, insists Carl Frampton
Confident Frampton is eyeing more success after sealing deal with Warren and BT Sport
Carl Frampton believes he will be at the forefront a new exciting era for boxing after linking up with new promoter Frank Warren.
Warren has a television agreement with BT Sport who have already taken the fight to Sky in the football market, buying the rights to the Champions League, FA Cup as well the Premier League. Now they want to become major players in boxing and having Frampton on their network is a major coup.
Warren, who has promoted some of British boxing's biggest names, including Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and Tyson Fury, is currently developing an exciting group of young fighters as well as WBO World middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Frampton, the 2016 World fighter of the year, will now be seen as the biggest name under the BT Sport umbrella and the Jackal is confident that Warren will deliver the major fights that he craves against champions such as Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby and Oscar Valdez.
"It's a weight off my shoulders to now have my promoter in place because I'm desperate to kick on and have a fight before Christmas in Belfast. This is a deal that I believe will give me the best chance to have the massive fights that I crave and I have been guaranteed that I will be fighting at Windsor Park next summer," said Frampton.
"It's been a difficult time, it's been a pretty awful year so far but now it's going to end with a real bang. I feel re-energised... before I was talking about retirement but now I'm just thinking about training and fighting. The boxing business can be tough and it has taken a bit of time for me to get everything sorted out but now I can look ahead to an exciting final chapter of my career, fighting the best in the world.
"I had interest from America and the UK but then it really came down to two very similar offers from Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren. But after some hard thinking I felt that the overall package that Frank Warren and BT Sport were offering me was the deciding factor.
"BT Sport have dipped their toes in the boxing water but they have very big plans for how they are going to cover boxing over the coming years and this deal between myself and Frank Warren shows just how serious they are.
"With this great deal that was agreed with my advisors MTK, I am the number one fighter on BT and with two or three years left in my career that was important, to have that big focus on how I go forward.
"I believe this is the right decision for me as I look to get back into the big time and get the glamour fights with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA title, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, IBF champion Lee Selby and then look at moving up to super-featherweight before I retire.
"I had one meeting with Frank Warren, his son George and the BT Sport executives and that went very well. I was excited about what they had to say and just how they saw me fitting into their plans for boxing."
Promoter Eddie Hearn had sought to strike a deal with Frampton, promising to deliver a Windsor Park fight and with Sky's pay-per-view platform it appeared that he could well have been the most lucrative option. But Frampton believes that Warren and his relationship with BT Sport ticks all the right boxes for his future in the ring.
"Frank has spent a lifetime in boxing and has staged some of the biggest fights that the UK has ever seen involving guys like Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Nassem Hamed. He's one of the biggest players in the sport and I'm confident that he will deliver the big fights for me. His knowledge of boxing is second to none.
"I know that some people thought that Eddie Hearn and Sky might have been the obvious option but BT are also going to have the opportunity of doing pay-per-view fights in the same way that Sky do them so everything is in place for me to get back to what I do best."