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Frampton gives up titles

Carl Frampton has relinquished both his Commonwealth and European super bantamweight titles to pursue a world title shot.

The Belfast boxer defended his European crown last month with a sixth-round stoppage of Jeremy Parodi.

Frampton stopped the Frenchman with a body shot to claim his 17th straight win in a fight that doubled up as an IBF world championship eliminator.

In his previous defence of the European belt in February, Frampton stopped current IBF champion Kiko Martinez.

Spaniard Martinez recovered from the defeat to claim the IBF strap in August with a win over Jonatan Romero and is scheduled to face Jeffrey Mathebula next.

Bury boxer Scott Quigg holds the WBA version and defends it against Diego Oscar Silva on the undercard of the Sky Sports Box Office bill which features Carl Froch's showdown with George Groves on November 23.

Cuba's two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigodeux is the WBO and WBA 'super' champion and faces a December defence against Joseph Agbeko.

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan told the Belfast Telegraph: "Carl Frampton has represented both the Commonwealth Boxing Council and the European Boxing Union extremely well in his time as champion, of which we are sure both Simon Block of the CBC and Enza Jacaponi of the EBU will attest to.

"In relinquishing these titles Carl will afford a fantastic opportunity for four aspiring boxers to contest for these two vacant and highly valuable championships."