Frampton eyes big-name 2018 bout

19 November 2017 07:50:13 EST

Carl Frampton says he wants his next fight to be against one of the big names in the featherweight division after making a winning return to the ring on Saturday night.

The Irishman had not laced up a pair gloves since the only loss of his career to Leo Santa Cruz in January.

His time away from the ring certainly showed during a scrappy points victory over Mexican Horacio Garcia in his home town of Belfast.

The 30-year-old was hoping to put in a performance that would see him force his way back in to the world title picture having dropped his WBA world featherweight belt to Santa Cruz at the start of the year.

However, a tiring Frampton, who was put down in the seventh by Garcia, was happy to hear the final bell after finding himself under increasing pressure from his opponent in the latter stages of the fight.

Having secured a unanimous decision, Frampton's target now is to challenge for a world title next summer with a third contest against Santa Cruz a possibility.

'The Jackal' could also challenge IBF title holder Lee Selby and believes the 24th win of his career has set him up for a big contest in 2018.

“I wanted a tough fight and I’m ready for the big boys,” Frampton said. “There are a few boys tied up at the minute.

“Santa Cruz and (Abner) Mares are probably going to fight in the spring.

“(Josh) Warrington and Lee Selby are probably going to fight in the spring so If I have to wait around for a fight and get one in Windsor Park in the summer then that’s what I want.”

Meanwhile, David Haye and Tony Bellew will look to finish a fantastic year of boxing in style when they clash at the O2 Arena on 17th December.

Haye is 4/11 to win the rematch, while Bellew is 2/1 to secure a second straight win over the former world heavyweight champion.

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