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Carl Frampton signs deal with promoter Frank Warren

Carl Frampton has announced he has signed a promotional agreement with Frank Warren.

Writing in his column in the Sunday Life, the Belfast boxer stated that he believes this deal will give him the best chance to have the massive fights he craves. He has also been guaranteed a fight in Windsor Park next summer.

Frampton said: "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."

The agreement with Frank Warren involves Frampton's fights being shown solely on BT Sport in the UK, with Frampton saying the broadcaster has "very big plans for how they are going to cover boxing over the coming years."

The Tigers Bay man will now be one of the faces of boxing on BT which he describes as an "honour."

He said: "They are going to have me as one of the faces of boxing on BT which is a real honour for me and that was never going to be the case with Sky who obviously have Anthony Joshua as their main man.

"As the world heavyweight champion AJ is not only one of the biggest names in world boxing but also one of the biggest names in world sport — and Eddie and Sky have a lot of other top fighters who they have to give good profile to."

With this promotional arrangement that was agreed with his new advisors, MTK, Carl is now the number one fighter on BT Sport and with two or three years left in his career, he is using this as a drive to move forward:

"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 and I can confirm that I will be fighting in Belfast.

"My homecoming ended up being a mess in July when Andres Gutierrez fell in the shower after I hadn’t made the 9st featherweight limit but now I suppose it’s the homecoming 2.0 and I’ll have more details about the deal later this week at a press conference," he added.

Confirming this is the correct decision for him, Frampton has his eyes set on fights with Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA title, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, IBF champion Lee Selby before moving to the super-featherweight class prior to retiring.

Speaking about his first meeting with Frank, he said: "I had a 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.

"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."

With a wealth of knowledge in the boxing industry, Frank has a number of young fighters coming through as well as Frampton. Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois as well as WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders who has been on BT Sport this year, are also signed to MTK.

Confident that he has made the right decision, Frampton added: "I know that some people thought that Eddie Hearn and Sky might have been the obvious option but BT have already shown how quickly they can develop their platform with the way they have bought the rights to Premier League football and the Champions League.

"They’re 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."

Putting behind him what has been a difficult year for the 30-year-old, Frampton is ready to start afresh: "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."

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