Carl Frampton to defend Commonwealth title in January

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton won the Commonwealth title in September

Carl Frampton will defend his Commonwealth super-bantamweight title for the first time against Kris Hughes at York Hall, Bethnal Green in January.

The fight on 28 January will be Frampton's second contest in London.

Frampton claimed the vacant title in September with a commanding fourth round stoppage against Mark Quon at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

That win extended the 24-year-old Belfast boxer's unbeaten professional record to 11 fights.

"Next year is a big year for us - we're not looking past Kris but I believe Carl can go a long way, and by the end of 2012 I would like to think he would be European Champion," said Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan.

"(British Champion) Scott Quigg is a target fight down the line too and he's enthusiastic for the fight so there's exciting things ahead, but Kris comes first and Carl will be ready."

"He's a tall rangy guy who gave Jamie Arthur a real work out, he's got experience and he's a southpaw so it's a different type of fight and challenge for Carl and I'm looking forward to it," added McGuigan.

"We're looking forward to fighting in the York Hall again - it's just like the Ulster Hall really so it's a home away from home for Carl, every bit as atmospheric and we will be bringing a lot of fans over."