Northern Irish boxer Carl Frampton has announced that Frank Warren will be his new promoter.
The former two-weight world champion had been working with Barry McGuigan since 2009, but the pair split last month during what has been a disappointing year for the Belfast-born fighter, who suffered his first defeat as a professional in January when he surrendered his world featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz in their rematch.
The 30-year-old endured further frustration in July, when a homecoming fight against Mexico’s Andrés Gutiérrez was called off less than 24 hours before the bout was due to take place.
The announcement comes one week after Frampton confirmed that he had joined MTK Global, with the agency acting in an advisory role. His deal with 65-year-old Warren means that all of his fights will be shown by UK pay-TV broadcaster BT Sport. Frampton also announced that he has switched trainers, ending his partnership with McGuigan’s son Shane to team up with Jamie Moore.
“I had interest from America and the UK but it really came down to two very similar offers from Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren,” said Frampton. “I'm desperate to kick on and have a fight before Christmas and I can confirm I will be fighting in Belfast.”
“After some hard thinking I felt the overall package that Frank Warren and BT Sport were offering me was the deciding factor. Frank's knowledge of boxing is second to none. This is a deal that I believe will get me the best chance of having the massive fights that I crave and I have been guaranteed that I will be fighting at Windsor Park next summer.”