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Frampton says Windsor Belfast bout could be last in city as he targets world domination

By Jane Fletcher

Boxing champ Carl Frampton has admitted that his Windsor Park showdown on Saturday could be his last ever fight in Belfast.

The 31-year-old north Belfast sportsman reveals in his column in today's Sunday Life that the fights being lined up if he beats Luke Jackson next weekend are IBF world champion Josh Warrington, WBO champion Oscar Valdez and Leo Santa Cruz, who defeated him in January 2017.

"This is the most excited I've ever been for any fight, even though there's not a world title on the line and who knows it could be the one and only time I get to fight at Windsor - and it may end up being the last time I fight in Belfast," he admits.

"It would be hard to see any of them coming to Belfast because we have such a small window of opportunity to go outdoors."

The Jackal believes the Windsor Park event, which has Tyson Fury on the same bill and could see Paddy Barnes become WBC flyweight world champion if he beats Cristofer Rosales, will go down in local sporting history.

He says: "I hope that in 40 years' time people will look back at the night I gave one of my best performances, Paddy became a world champion and big Fury had his last fight before going on to be world champion again.

"For me personally it is going to be a special moment to walk out into the arena with the green shirt on and soak up the atmosphere that I have often enjoyed when sitting in the stands supporting Northern Ireland.

"As a kid I was dreaming of one day pulling on the green shirt and playing for Northern Ireland. So, this Saturday night is the next best thing for me to be headlining at Windsor, competing on the same stage."

The Tigers Bay boxer wants to deliver "a spectacular win" for the 25,000 fans who will be in Windsor Park and says the "perfect ending" would be a knockout for him.

"I can't afford to let myself down, my family down or the fans who have supported me so well. They deserve to see me at my very best, going out there and delivering a spectacular win.

"I want to make people feel proud. I know how much it means to someone like my dad. He doesn't say too much but watching me emerge from the tunnel at Windsor is going to be great for him.

"The perfect ending to a great sporting occasion would a spectacular knockout - that's what I would love."

Read Carl Frampton's exclusive column in this week's Sunday Life

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