Carl Frampton had a hard night’s work in a unanimous points win over Horacio Garcia on Saturday.
One of Northern Ireland’s most successful boxer has endured what he rates as the worst year of his career, but at least 2017 finished on a high, after Frampton triumphed by scores of 98-93, 97-93 and 96-93 in front of 10,000 spectators at the SSE Arena in Belfast
“It was a great fight for the fans, and everyone enjoyed it,” Frampton said.
“I got myself caught up in the fight. I was doing all right early on, but in the middle rounds, I tried to fight him. I was doing good things in patches.”
“I wanted a hard fight,” he continued. “I didn’t want anything too easy. It got the rust off and the cobwebs are gone. Now I want one of the big fights; I’m ready for them.”
Frampton wants a third fight with WBA world featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) or against either Wales’ Lee Selby (25-1, 9 KOs), the IBF titleholder, or England’s Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs).
“Santa Cruz and Abner Mares are probably going to fight in the spring. Lee Selby and Josh Warrington are probably going to fight in the spring,” Frampton said.
“If I have to wait around and fight one of them in the summer, then that’s what I want.”