Frampton seals Warren debut, eyes Santa Cruz III at Windsor Park / (Jamie) Conlan’s world title shot

WBN 27/09/2017

Carl Frampton will return to Belfast on November 18 just months after his scrapped July contest and acrimonious split with former promoter Barry McGuigan.

Since then, ‘The Jackal’ has switched trainers from McGuigan’s son Shane to ex-pro Jamie Moore and linked up with long-time promotional power Frank Warren.

The former two-weight world title holder will now stage a massive night at The SSE Arena in his hometown and take his place topping an all-Irish triple-header.

In the co-feature, Jamie Conlan challenges IBF super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, whilst amateur star and crowd favorite Paddy Barnes is also in action.

At Wednesday’s press conference, a beaming Frampton said: “It’s great to be back in Belfast. I’m looking forward to repaying the fans for showing their support in me.

“I believe I’ve got another world title in me at this weight, (but) becoming a three-weight world champ is an ambition of mine.

“This is my favourite city in the world. Hopefully with the help of everyone involved, we can show what Belfast is about.

“I know what the Belfast fans are like, but apparently it’s going to be another level.”

On who may be in the opposite corner on November 18, Frampton was unsure but stated he wants the best around, including two-time foe Leo Santa Cruz, in the next twelve months – potentially at Windsor Park.

“We’re still looking at opponents. I’m looking at getting the big boys next year,” he said.

“A dream of mine is to box at Windsor Park. This is what I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid!”

“Leo Santa Cruz is the fight I really want and I’ve got a score to settle,” stated Frampton.

New coach Moore was delighted to be alongside a talented and world-rated star like the Northern Irishman.

 “I’ve always appreciated what a talented fighter he is. I believe you’ll see the best Carl Frampton (on November 18),” said Moore.

Jamie Conlan, who has the chance to win a maiden championship, was under no illusions about the task he faces in Filipino ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas.

 “I’ve seen Jerwin Ancajas up close and personal (on the Manny Pacquiao v Jeff Horn undercard). I really rate him. (But) It’s a fight I believe I can win!”

“It’s very hard to describe (what) the atmosphere (will be like). To be part of an exciting fight is something I’m looking forward to,” he added.

On his appearance on the bill, Barnes said: “It’s a brilliant spectacle. It’s an honour to fight on a double world title undercard.”