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I want two more great years in amazing career, says Carl Frampton


By David Kelly

Carl Frampton says he is aiming to write a glorious final chapter to his amazing career. This week, the Jackal linked up with new coach Jamie Moore and is eager to get down to the business of fighting again following the split from manager Barry McGuigan and his Cyclone Promotions outfit.

"I had some memorable nights with Cyclone and I did have some big fights but I'm 30 and at the stage of my career where I have a couple of years left. I want to take a little bit more control. I want the big fights," said Frampton, who yesterday attended the golf day for the Oscar Knox Foundation at Fortwilliam Golf Club.

"I just felt it was the perfect time for me to move on. At this point in time I'm a free agent."

Frampton is eager to fight before the end of the year in order to crank up his bid to once again become World champion, having not boxed since January.

The former WBA featherweight champion had hoped to have boxed in July but his fight with Andres Gutierrez fell through when the Mexican fell in his shower in the Culloden Hotel.

While the Jackal has had to deal with setting up a new team, Gutierrez has managed to land himself a big fight with former World champion Abner Mares on the same October bill as Leo Santa Cruz defending the WBA title against former Frampton victim Chris Avalos.

"I don't think he has much of a chance of causing an upset but I'm happy to see that Gutierrez has been given a fight with Mares," said Frampton.

"I know that was going to be a good pay-day for him so it was a big blow but now hopefully Andres will get good money for facing Mares.

"Mares and Santa Cruz will fight in the New Year so hopefully I'll get the winner in the summer but we'll have to see.

"Santa Cruz should be too good for Avalos. He's the guy who was shouting his mouth off all week until I knocked him out at the Odyssey.

"I would like to get out before the end of the year. The promoters I have been talking to all know that."

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