Carl Frampton beats Horacio Garcia in bruising Belfast encounter

Ruben Hill
November 19, 2017

The former two-weight World Champion beat Mexican opponent Garcia in an worldwide featherweight challenge fight to get his career back on track, but lacked the sparkle his adoring supporters craved.

And Frampton is looking forward to fresh start, starting with tomorrow's opponent Horacio Garcia, of Mexico, at the SSE Arena his home city of Belfast.

The three scoring ringside judges scored the contest, which had the capacity crowd on their feet throughout, by handing in tallies of 98-93, 97-93 and 96-93.

Frampton has admitted he has endured a disastrous 2017, losing his world crown to Leo Santa Cruz in January and parting company from Barry and Shane McGuigan in the summer.

The 30-year-old will probably fight once more before targeting a world-title fight at Windsor Park next summer.

But now he claims he is feeling as strong as ever and desperate to redeem himself as a world champion.

"It was a great fight for the fans, and everyone enjoyed it", Frampton said. "He turned things around with his own right hook later in the round, but Frampton was struggling to keep the distance from Garcia, who sports a reach of 65". "I boxed well for the first few rounds but then got myself caught up in a fight", he told Frampton.

"I wanted a hard fight", he continued. "Now, I want one of the big fights; I'm ready for them".

It was also Frampton's debut on BT Sport, but he could not add to his 14 knockouts.

Frampton wants a trilogy fight with Santa Cruz, IBF titlist Lee Selby, or WBA "Regular" titleholder Abner Mares.

"I had pretty much all the input in that opponent and maybe I'll let the team decide who I fight next from now on".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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