The Final Chapter for Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton…
Over the past year, two-weight World Champion Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton (23-1-0, 14 KO’s) has cemented his reputation as an international boxing superstar.
Following high-profile fights with Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s) in America and major ‘Fighter of the Year’ awards, Frampton has embraced his celebrity status, despite remaining a humble Champion revered by many: none more so than his beloved Irish fans.
Frampton is now advised by American PBC boxing power-broker Al Haymon, who apparently believes Carl’s future lies fighting stateside – at least for the time being – and had hoped he would continue fighting in America after his reverse to Santa Cruz in their January 2017 rematch. However, ‘Team Cyclone’ opted for a homecoming bout in Frampton’s home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland before heading back on the road in search of bigger fights.
The fight was scheduled for July 29th against Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KO’s), however, following a freak-accident in the shower that left Gutierrez unable to compete, the contest was called off on the Friday evening: less than 24 hours before the fight. Following Gutierrez’s withdrawal, the entire card was cancelled, a disappointment for all concerned – not least due to a loss of exposure – after the fight had been due to air on Showtime (USA), Channel 5 (U.K.) and domestic Irish TV. Following the cancellation, Frampton’s promotional team ‘Cyclone Promotions’ are offering refunds to all who require them.
Confirmed on BBC News NI: Gutierrez slipped in shower after weigh-in, suffered cut and severe dental issues, not cleared to fight. pic.twitter.com/jvZl7Zh9up
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 28, 2017
Earlier in the day, Frampton surprised many after weighing in 1lb over the 9 stone Featherweight limit. This was deemed unusual for the consummate professional, and as a result, the fight would no longer be eliminator for the WBC World Featherweight title (held by American Gary Russell Jr.). This, coupled with the timing of Gutierrez’s injury, left many in the boxing community feeling somewhat suspicious. However, Frampton and his team assured fans that it was merely coincidence.
Rumours of a fight with IBF World Champion Lee Selby continue to make the rounds, and after a lengthy absence from the ring following his last outing against Santa Cruz in Las Vegas, Frampton’s trainer Shane McGuigan, speaking to the Irish media stated: “We can see the finish line now. It’s like running a marathon and you can see that 20-mile mark and you’ve got around six miles to go. The legs are a bit heavy but we’re going to finish strong with four or five big wins.”
A fight with Welshman Selby would certainly fit that mandate.
‘Team Cyclone’ made no secret of their desire for a third Santa Cruz fight in Belfast in 2017. However, currently Santa Cruz’s father is reluctant to travel to Belfast with his son after claiming Santa Cruz would not get fairly treated in Frampton’s hometown. According to Frampton, Santa Cruz going back on his gentleman’s agreement, after promising the former two-weight World Champion a third instalment in Ireland in the immediate aftermath of their January rematch.
Frampton will be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, with several other potential opponents in the mix for a shot at the amiable Irish star when he makes his return to the ring:
Joseph Agbeko (31-5-0, 23 KO’s)
The former IBF World Bantamweight Champion and WBA/WBO World Super Bantamweight title challenger is a tough, durable opponent, Agbeko would provide Frampton with a stiff challenge and should present him with a good opportunity to blow off any ring-rust, and look good in the process. The 37 year-old African was recently scheduled to face Sheffield’s Kid Galahad but the fight fell through at the eleventh-hour.
Josh Warrington (25-0-0, 5 KO’s)
The current WBC International Featherweight Champion, would present an alternative domestic clash to Selby. With the popular Leeds man now promoted by Frank Warren, a fight with Frampton – or indeed Selby – has been on top of his wish list for some time.
Warrington was last seen in action in May, defeating former IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion – and two-time Frampton victim – Kiko Martinez (37-8-1, 27 KO’s) by hard-fought Majority Decision.
Jessie Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)
Unbeaten WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Magdaleno has held his title since November 2016, capturing the belt by outpointing former four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas.
While holding a belt at 122lbs, Magdaleno has fought a large portion of his career around the Featherweight limit of 126lbs. Following a 2nd round stoppage victory over Adeilson Dos Santos in April, Magdaleno made it clear he is willing to seek out the biggest challenges available and would present an interesting option for Frampton should he decide to move up in weight.
Could Super Featherweight be an option for Frampton after struggling to make 126lbs for Gutierrez? Fight fans will surely not have to wait long to find out, with the former three-time Champion making no secret of his desire to return to the ring…
Article by: Allan McGoldrick
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