Boxing

Carl Frampton to fight Mexican Horacio Garcia in Belfast fight-night comeback

 Carl Frampton's first fight under his new management is November 18. Picture by Mal McCann

Carl Frampton's opponent in his Belfast comeback fight next month is to be Mexican Horacio Garcia. 

The fight will be Frampton's first contest since moving from long-time manager Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions to Frank Warren's stable of boxers.

Garcia, 27, has lost three of his 37 pro fights.

He beat compatriot Diuhl Olguin in Las Vegas three weeks ago.

Garcia won his opening 29 professional contests before losing a unanimous decision in May 2015 against  Japan's former world champion Hozumi Hasegawa.

Frampton believes he has a point to prove as he prepares to return to the ring on November 18 for the first time since losing to his title to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas on January 28.

Frampton is now managed by MTK, promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions and is the new face of BT Sport’s boxing coverage, but there are some who would say he is one slip away from a career-ending defeat. He is determined to prove his doubters wrong and has all the tools to do just that.

“I still think certain people are writing me off, thinking that I’m done, I’m over the hill after one bad-ish performance,” he said.

“I lost to a three-time world champion (Santa Cruz) and a lot of people are saying that’s me finished but that was an off performance from me and there’s still plenty more to give. The way things are going for me in the gym, I’m feeling good.”

Frampton has previously confirmed that he had talks about a switch to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom stable but the offer from Warren came with the carrot of him being the draw card for BT Sport’s boxing coverage. In the end, it was too good to turn down.

“I spoke to Eddie and I had a good offer from him but the best offer came from Frank and BT and that’s the bottom line,” he said.

“I went with the offer that made the most financial sense to me and of course it was about how they are going to promote me on their channel as well.

“I believe that BT are going to push me as the face of their channel which was an appeal in itself for me.”

As he embarks on the final phase of his career, Frampton acknowledged the public support he has received since splitting with Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions in August.

“I moved on for the right reasons,” he said.

“You never know how the public is going to react but the support I’ve got since the move has been incredible.

“I owe the fans a lot and I want to repay them by bringing the big nights of boxing back to Belfast and I think that BT and Frank and MTK all want to do the same.”

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