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Reignited Carl Frampton is one fight from Windsor wonderland

Promoter Warren pledges title bout

By David Kelly

Promoter Frank Warren says Carl Frampton is one fight away from realising his dream of winning a world title at Windsor Park.

Frampton reignited his career at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday night with a hard-fought unanimous points victory over Mexican Horacio Garcia and is being lined up for a further bout at the Jackal's Den before, most probably, meeting the winner of the clash between IBF World champion Lee Selby and his mandatory challenger Josh Warrington.

Selby is expected to retain his IBF title when he meets Eduardo Ramirez on December 9, paving the way for his clash with Warrington who was at ringside to witness Frampton's return to the ring after 10 months. Warren believes Frampton is now back on the world title trail following the win over Garcia but is keen to see him remain active before a showdown with Selby.

"We said that we would give Carl the chance to win a world title in his home town and that's what we'll do. He can fight late March or April and then we go for the big one at Windsor Park as we have promised," said Warren.

"The fans are brilliant here, they're knowledgeable and for any boxer to have that response it must be great because it doesn't get any better.

"That's the reason he fought like he did, he didn't want to disappoint the fans so he traded at times when he didn't have to.

"The name of the game is to get Carl a world title and then see if we can unify the titles. When you've been a unified world champion, that's what you want - you want to be the best. So many people duck out of fights but he doesn't and this is the direction that this is going to go.

"We want to find out who the best is and everybody has an opinion about who's the best and the only way you find out is if they fight."

As for Frampton's performance against Garcia, Warren believes there is room for improvement and that a further non-title bout will perfectly set him up for his shot at once more becoming world featherweight champion.

"I thought the opponent was a tough guy and wasn't the guy I would have picked because he has been out of the ring for so long.

"He's had a tough year, a lot of mental strain, a lot of things going on in the background - none of that is conducive to being a happy fighter," added Warren.

"So the bottom line is that he picked a tough guy and he got a tough guy and there were moments in the fight when I don't think he should have been trading with him.

"But that's the type of fighter he is, if he gets caught with one he wants to come back with three.

"Getting those rounds in the bank are good for him and so we get out again in March hopefully and by that time he is ready to go for a world title in the summer he's then going to be absolutely prepared.

"This was only his first fight with his new coach Jamie Moore so I'm sure that by next summer him and Jamie are going to have a really good bond."

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