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Frampton announces return in Belfast, Nov. 18

Carl Frampton has his next fight scheduled in his home country.

Carl Frampton Press Conference Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Following Carl Frampton’s recent split with promoter Barry McGuigan and his trainer Shane McGuigan, Frampton decided to link back up with promoter Frank Warren for the next stage of his career. He’s also enlisted former British champion Jamie Moore as his new lead trainer.

With those particulars settled, Frampton just announced that he’ll be returning to action on November 18 in Belfast. Frampton will be taking on an opponent to be determined but suggests via RingTV that it won’t be a slouch.

“It can’t be a mug, it has to be a credible opponent,” said Frampton at the press conference announcing his return. “I want to get one of the big boys next year and put the last year behind me. The last year has been a disaster. I lost my first fight (to Leo Santa Cruz in January), then my last fight fell through and combine that with everything else that’s gone on.”

Frampton continues by saying that he really wants a rubber match with Leo Santa Cruz as he believes he has a score to settle, but is also looking up the scales for a chance to win a world title in a third division.

“It’s an exciting stage for me now,” said the ex-champion. “I’m enjoying boxing again. I believe that I have another world title in me at this weight but we were also looking at Jezreel Corrales (WBA junior lightweight titleholder). Off his last performance (technical decision win over Robinson Castellanos) I think I can beat him to become a three-weight world champion.”

IBF junior batamweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas is also scheduled to defend his strap on the Frampton card against Jamie Conlan, along with WBO bantamweight titlist Zolani Tete making his first defense another opponent to be determined.