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Carl Frampton’s December Title Challenge Confirmed

A tough end-of-year contest awaits Carl Frampton if he is to claim the IBF featherweight title.

The Belfast man currently holds the WBO interim belt, and will now challenge for the full IBF title on December 22, when he faces Josh Warrington.

Since his sole defeat to Leo Santa Cruz in January of last year, Frampton has fought exclusively on home turf in Belfast, beating Horatio Garcia, Nonito Donaire and Luke Jackson in decidedly more low-key encounters.

But this upcoming clash will take place in Warrington’s nearby abode of the Manchester Arena.

The Leeds man has won all 27 of his professional bouts thus far, claiming the scalps of the likes of Kiko Martinez and even Lee Selby in his last outing.

Frampton made the fight announcement on Twitter, and fancied adding another IBF belt to that which he won at super-bantamweight against Martinez in 2014.

The fight will be broadcast on BT Sport Box Office, much like tonight’s rematch between ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. While that is being offered for free to Irish subscribers of Eir Sport, it remains to be seen whether that will be the case when the Jackal takes to the ring.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.