Published: 17:32 | 17/11/17

Warren warns Frampton not to think too far ahead


Promoter Frank Warren has warned Carl Frampton not to "take his eye off the ball" against Horacio Garcia on Saturday night.

Frampton will fight Mexican Garcia, 27, in a 10-round non-title fight, live on BT Sport 1 on Saturday, 18 November [from 8.30pm], the 30 year-old's first bout since losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz in January.

The Belfast boxer, 30, has publicly stated that he would welcome a rematch with Santa Cruz, or a fight against IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby, WBC featherweight world champion Gary Russell, or WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez, if he beats Garcia at the SSE Arena on Saturday.

London-born promoter Warren is keen to ensure that Frampton does not take the fight against Garcia, who had had just three points defeats in his 37-fight career, for granted.

"It's important to win in style but more important is not to take his eye off the ball," Warren told BBC NI.

"It is a dangerous thing for fighters to think ahead, and think the fight is just a formality.

"The guy he is fighting is not a bad fighter, and he is not coming here just to make up the numbers.

"He knows that if he beats Carl Frampton, he gets a shot at the world title."

But Warren, who began working with Frampton after the former two-weight world champion split with manager Barry McGuigan in August, expects his new client to beat Garcia in front of his home fans at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

"Carl is professional enough, and sensible enough to know what he has got to do," the 65-year-old continued.

"It is not like he is a young kid who has just turned professional - he has been around the block, and I am sure he is focused 100 percent on the fight, and on his opponent."

Both fighters weighed in at 127lb at Friday's weigh-in, after agreeing a two-pound excess weight allowance ahead of the 10-round non-title featherweight bout.

'The Jackal' came in one pound over the 126lb featherweight limit for his fight against Andres Gutierrez in July, which was subsequently cancelled after the Mexican injured himself slipping in the shower ahead of the bout.

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Carl Frampton's fight against Horacio Garcia at Belfast's SSE Arena on Saturday,18 November will be shown live on Box Nation and BT Sport 1 from 8.30pm. Belfast boxer Jamie Conlan will face Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines for the IBF world super-flyweight belt and triple Olympian Paddy Barnes faces Nicaragua's Eliecer Quezada over 10 rounds on the same bill.

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