Carl Frampton confirms Belfast homecoming


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Carl Frampton has confirmed he will return to the ring with a fight in his home city of Belfast on July 29.

The Jackal has not fought since he suffered the first defeat of his professional career against Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas in January, a loss that also saw him relinquish his WBA featherweight title.

The 30-year-old is, however, set to return to the ring next month after confirming on Twitter that he will fight in Belfast, with Windsor Park looking the most likely venue.

“July 29th – keep it free. I can’t wait to box @ home! Presser will be in the next week & tix will go on sale straight after,” Frampton tweeted.

An opponent has yet to be confirmed for the bout, although a potential third showdown with Santa Cruz is seemingly off the table, while a fight with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby is also unlikely to happen, as he is expected to face Argentine Jonathan Victor Barros later this month.

One man who Frampton could face is unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez, who has previously stated that he would be willing to come to Belfast to put his title on the line.

The Mexican has never fought outside of North America before, but he would certainly be a worthy opponent for Frampton, as he has won all but three of his professional bouts to date by knockout, although he was taken the distance by Colombian Miguel Marriaga in his last fight.

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