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Frampton opts for Warren

DECISION: Carl Frampton has confirmed that he has signed with Frank Warren Picture by Hugh Russell
PA and Padraig Kelly

CARL Frampton has joined Frank Warren's stable of boxers after signing a professional contract with his Queensberry Promotions outfit.

The news comes just a month after the Belfast boxer confirmed his split from Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions, who he had been associated with since turning professional in 2009.

Matchroom Sports was viewed as another possible destination for Frampton with Eddie Hearn recently admitting they wanted to add him to their current list of fighters.

Frampton, however, eventually opted for Warren.

“I had interest from America and the UK but it really came down to two very similar offers from Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren,” he wrote in his Sunday Life column.

“I'm desperate to kick on and have a fight before Christmas and I can confirm I will be fighting in Belfast.

“After some hard thinking I felt the overall package that Frank Warren and BT Sport were offering me was the deciding factor. Frank's knowledge of boxing is second to none.”

Frampton's fights will now be shown exclusively on the subscription channel and he also said that he has been guaranteed a Windsor Park bout in 2018 – a venue he has longed to fight at.

It has been a forgettable year for Frampton, who surrendered his world featherweight title after suffering his first defeat as a professional to Leo Santa Cruz in their January rematch.

There was further frustration for 30-year-old Frampton when a homecoming bout against Andres Gutierrez on July 29 was unexpectedly called off at the 11th hour.

That contest was due to be an eliminator for the WBC featherweight crown but Frampton came in one pound over the 126lb limit and the event was scrapped altogether after Gutierrez sustained injuries after slipping in the shower.

Last week, Frampton announced that he had joined MTK Global, with the company acting in an advisory role.

It completes a full overhaul of his team, with McGuigan's son, Shane, replaced as his trainer by Jamie Moore.

Frampton, the only Northern Irishman to have won world titles in two weight classes, will have a familiar face alongside him as Jamie Conlan is also one of Warren's fighters.

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