- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Junior featherweight titleholder Carl Frampton announced on Thursday that he has signed with adviser Al Haymon. Frampton joins Haymon's stable of around 200 fighters.
"I am very happy to have signed with Al Haymon," Frampton said. "Al Haymon has a formidable reputation in boxing and has been the catalyst to securing the biggest fights in recent years. This is an exciting stage of my career after winning my world title, and my team and I know that this relationship with Al Haymon will help take my career to the next level. I am looking forward to it."
Frampton will continue to be managed by Hall of Fame former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and promoted by Cyclone Promotions.
"We are delighted to add Al Haymon to the team," McGuigan said. "Al Haymon is the best at what he does, there is no question about this. Al works with many world class fighters in the [junior featherweight] and featherweight divisions, so there will be plenty of attractive fights for Carl in the coming years. Carl is moving towards the peak of his career and we believe this is the perfect time to strike up this partnership."
Among fighters in Haymon's stable who could be potential Frampton opponents are junior featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz, featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr., former featherweight and junior featherweight titleholder Abner Mares and featherweight titlist Jesus Cuellar.
Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs), 28, of Northern Ireland, won a world title by lopsided unanimous decision against Kiko Martinez in September. In his first defense, Frampton hammered mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in a one-sided fifth-round knockout victory on Feb. 28.