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Carl Frampton: Garcia will show me if I'm ready for title shot

Carl Frampton believes opponent Horacio Garcia will give him the test he needs to see where he presently stands as a fighter.

Writing in his Sunday Life column, the champion boxer said: "Some have criticised the choice of Garcia as my next opponent but people have to understand that by the time the fight happens I will have been out of the ring for ten months and on top of that there has been a lot of things going on in the background.

"I'm with a new coach and a new team, this all takes time to bed in."

Frampton's Mexican opponent, Garcia has only three losses on his record, one of which was against the unbeaten NABF Featherweight Champion Jojo Diaz.

Knowing that he will have to be on top form from the start of the fight, Frampton said: "It's certainly not going to be a one-round demolition job The guy is tough and for him it's the chance of a lifetime to make a big breakthrough.

"For me it's about getting back to winning ways and making a statement that I'm ready to look ahead to 2018 for some big fights and for my promoter Frank Warren to see that I am ready to go for a world title shot.

"I know some may think there will be ring rust but I haven't been aware of any in the gym."

The Tigers Bay man believes he is feeling fresh and sharp on the pads, he said: "If I do become the first guy to stop Garcia then that would be a big bonus and send a message to the rest of the featherweights that I'm really back and gunning for the top men."

Frampton returns to the ring at the SSE Arena on November 18. The night will also feature triple Olympian Paddy Barnes in first defence of the WBO European Flyweight and Jamie Conlan taking on Filipino Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF World Super-Flyweight belt.

The Northern Ireland boxer added: "A fight between myself and Mares (WBA Regular Featherweight) would be very exciting for the fans next year. It's one of those clashes that doesn't need a belt, the fight sells itself so that could be a possibility for me, but there are plenty of options as long as I come through on November 18."

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